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Ilana Koch (208) 837-9096 x1117
At CRITFC since:

Fisheries Geneticist

Fishery Science Department, Hagerman Genetics Lab


My research focuses on uncovering the genetic mechanisms that shape fitness-related traits at both the proximate and ultimate levels. Using bioinformatic approaches, I aim to answer the following questions: 1) how is genetic variation maintained despite forces expected to erode variation? 2) how is genetic and epigenetic variation shaped by artificial selection? 3) what are the conservation implications of domestication selection? I have utilized a wide range of genomic approaches in my research ranging from transcriptome and methylome sequencing to genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) methods. In my spare time, I enjoy fostering/volunteering at local animal shelters and spending time with my family, including my husband, cat, and three dogs.


  • Ph.D., Biological Science, Florida State University, 2014
  • B.S., Psychology, Florida State University, 2006

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