Welcome to the homepage of the Kern Lab

Our research focuses on variation among individuals in the genomes of humans, fruit flies, and plants. In particular we are interested in the role that natural selection has played in shaping patterns of genome variation. Look around you- casual observation of the natural world leads to the intuition that organisms are superbly adapted to their environments. We are interested in dissecting these adaptations at the genomic level, and in turn learning about the nature of the adaptive process. To this end we use computational and mathematical approaches towards using genome sequence data for evolutionary inference.


The lab will be moving to the University of Oregon in 2018! Our new home will be in the Institute for Ecology and Evolution within the Department of Biology. This group offers incredible opportunities for interaction and collaboration with a broad group of evolutionary and ecological geneticists.

Open positions

We are currently looking for postdocs and graduate students to work on analysis of large-scale population genomic datasets for a variety of organisms. For 2017-2018 we have one postdoc position open for an NIH funded project. Starting in fall 2018 we will have multiple postdoc and grad student positions at our new home in the University of Oregon. No previous experience in population genetics or computational biology is necessary-- we will teach you that. Just bring your enthusiasm for the natural world and a strong desire to learn. If you are interested, please send us an email.