Kimberly Chen

I am a postdoc associate in the School of Biology at Georgia Tech. I am broadly interested in questions related to the evolution of complex phenotypes. My current research focuses on the genetic basis underlying the transition from unicellular to multicellular forms, using the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as the model system.

My PhD at Indiana University Bloomington focused on the evolution of developmental gene regulation in the myxobacteria. Specifically, I studied the evolution of sRNAs that control fruiting body development across different species. I was co-advised by Greg Velicer and Nicco Yu. During my PhD, I also spent some time at ETH Zurich and explored the beautiful Alps there.