This Week in Evolution (TWiEVO) is a podcast about the biology behind what makes us tick.

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The Host of TWiEVO

Nels Elde, Ph.D.

Nels Elde is an evolutionary geneticist studying interactions between infectious microbes and their hosts. The work spans computational and experimental approaches using genomes and cells from primates, bats, and rodents, as well as experiment-friendly systems like yeast and zebrafish. Elde was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the city of lakes, along with a brother, sister, and a multitude of pets. He graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota with a degree in Biology in 1995 and from the University of Chicago in 2005 with a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Research Center in Seattle before joining the faculty at the University of Utah in 2011. Since 2020, Elde became an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a MacArthur Fellow. The Elde Laboratory investigates host-pathogen interfaces and the evolutionary impact of these interactions on genomic and cellular complexity.

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Vincent Racaniello, Ph.D.

Vincent (@profvrr) is a Professor of Microbiology at Columbia University Medical Center. He has been studying viruses for over 30 years, starting in 1975, when he entered the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York with a focus on influenza viruses. Read Vincent’s full bio here.