Stéphane Boissinot

Stéphane Boissinot is Professor Biology and Head of the Biology Program at New York University Abu Dhabi. He received his PhD in 1994 from the University of Montpellier (France) on the evolution of the house mouse. He then held post-doctoral positions at the University of Texas where he studied the evolution of color vision in primates and at the National Institutes of Health where he worked on the evolution of mobile DNA elements in humans. He was a member of the faculty in the Department of Biology at Queens College, the City University of New York, from 2003 to 2014. He joined NYU Abu Dhabi in 2015.

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Professor Boissinot is an evolutionary biologist who uses a combination of field-based, molecular and computational approaches to address fundamental biological questions. He has done research on a diversity of topics including the evolution of genome size and structure, the evolution of innate resistance to viral infection, the evolution of adaptation to extreme environments and the biogeography and population genetics of a number of vertebrate species. His research has been funded in the United States by the National Science Foundation and by the National Institutes of Health.