Isabelle Vea: Visiting Research Assistant Professor

I obtained my BS (2006) and MS (2008) at the Sorbonne University (formerly Université Pierre et Marie Curie) in France. I then moved to NYC for a Ph.D. program in Comparative Biology at the American Museum of Natural History (Richard Gilder Graduate School) from 2009 to 2013, working on fossil scale insects and divergence time estimates with Dr David Grimaldi.  Before joining to the Shingleton lab, I had a postdoctoral experience working with Dr Chieka Minakuchi in the Applied Entomology lab at Nagoya University (Japan) funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2013-2016). I was then a Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellow in the Dr Laura Ross lab (IEB) at the University of Edinburgh (2016-2018).

As an evolutionary biologist, I am interested in using different approaches (phylogenetics, divergence time estimates using the fossil record, physiology, developmental biology and epigenetics) to understand the evolution of life history and have worked primarily on scale insects. I joined the Shingleton lab in February 2019 to expand my knowledge on mechanistic approaches using Drosophila model system and work on the mechanisms of sexual size plasticity and their evolutionary implications.