Dr Pirita Paajanen

Postdoctoral Scientist Genes in the Environment

Pirita is a computational biologist studying evolution.

Her research links the latest genome sequencing technologies and population genomics to solve problems in various scales, ranging from assembling genomes, reconstructing population histories from genomics data, to understanding the evolution of protein complexes.

Her passion is to study complex problems that might have two or more phenomena working simultaneously and being able to put them together in one explanation.

In the Bomblies lab, she is studying the tetraploid Arabidopsis species and their diploid progenitors. Pirita’s research is influenced by her training as a mathematician, and now she enjoys applying her rigorous thinking into quantitative problems that arise from genomic data.