Madza Farias Virgens

Madza Farias Virgens

2016 Cohort

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stephanie White


Master of Arts in Anthropology (2015) - University of California, Berkeley

Master of Science in Genetics and Molecular Biology (2010) - Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (2008) - State University of Santa Cruz, Brazil

Research Interest

Conducting a collaborative project between the Okanoya lab at RIKEN, the Huerta-Sanchez lab at Brown U and the White lab and the Xiao Lab IBP-UCLA. The goal is to investigate the genetic correlates of the evolutionary forces and neurogenetic mechanisms underlying changes in vocal behavior between Bengalese finches and their ancestral species, white backed munias.