Dr. Maitreya Dunham is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. Her lab studies genome evolution in yeasts from a novel genomics perspective, a topic that she has been interested in since her PhD work at Stanford and as a Lewis-Sigler Fellow at Princeton. To this end, her lab uses experimental evolution and comparative genomics to investigate how genomes evolve on timecourses from a few weeks to millions of years. One important path for evolution is via gene and chromosome copy number change. Several projects in the lab aim to identify the causes and consequences of copy number changes in cells adapting to new environments. The lab is also currently working on a variety of related technology development projects, ranging from instrument engineering for parallelized strain cultivation to applications of next generation sequencing for genome characterization and other applications.