In September 2019, evolutionary geneticist Moises Exposito-Alonso will join Carnegie’s Department of Plant Biology as a staff associate, a prestigious position designed for early career scientists who are ready to independently deploy creative approaches to challenging research projects.
Exposito-Alonso comes to Carnegie from a short postdoctoral position at UC Berkeley, where he uses mathematical models to investigate how environmental pressures leave signatures in the genome of plant populations. At Carnegie, he will combine genome sequencing, computation, and large-scale ecological experiments to study how plants adapt in real time and use this knowledge to forecast evolutionary outcomes of natural populations to climate change. His distinctive approach is to use this evolutionary angle to develop new genome engineering methods that can help species adapt as their environments change due to human activity.
He earned his Ph.D. in ecological genomics in 2018 from the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen, Germany. Prior to that, Exposito-Alonso received a MSc degree in quantitative and population genetics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a B.S. in biology from the University of Seville, Spain.