Sofia Hauck

About me
I was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and lived in St. Louis, Hong Kong, and New York before moving to Oxford in 2007. Here I completed the undergraduate Biological Science course run jointly by the Zoology and Plant Sciences departments. I began my DPhil in October 2010, supervised jointly by Martin and Dag Harmsen at the University of M√ľnster, Germany, under the Patho-NGen-Trace project.

Research interests
I am interested in genetically monomorphic bacteria (who never or rarely recombine and have very little genetic diversity within the species), especially those that cause disease in humans. Currently I am looking at Bordetella pertussis, which causes whooping cough, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. I want to know more about how they evolve, whether it is driven by selection or drift, and why organisms with such different life histories can nevertheless have similar population structure.

Contact
E-mail: sofia.hauck@zoo.ox.ac.uk


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