Ana Hermina Ghenu

E-mail: ahghenu at


Short Bio

 I completed my B.Sc. in evolution at the University of Toronto (2010) and my M.Sc. in molecular evolution at McMaster University (2015), both in Ontario, Canada. After working as a programmer and lab manager in the lab of Claudia Bank at the IGC, I joined the IGC’s Integrative Biology & Biomedicine Ph.D. program in 2016.  I am co-supervised by Isabel Gordo and Claudia Bank for my thesis work.

Research Interests

My general interest is in understanding how evolutionary processes shape genomes. I am particularly fascinated by the selective forces that different environments exert on a given genome. My Ph.D. research integrates fitness landscapes theory with bacterial experimental evolution in order to understand antibiotic resistance across environments.


* indicates equal contribution
A.-H. Ghenu*, A. Blanckaert*, R.K. Butlin, J. Kulmuni, and C. Bank. (2018)
Conflict between heterozygote advantage and hybrid incompatibility in haplodiploids (and sex chromosomes). Molecular Ecology. doi: 10.1111/mec.14482

A.-H. Ghenu, B.M. Bolker, D.J. Melnick, and B.J. Evans. (2016) Multicopy gene family evolution on primate Y chromosomes. BMC Genomics, 17: 157.                                 doi: 10.1186/s12864-015-2187-8

S. Matuszewski*, M.E. Hildebrandt*, A.-H. Ghenu, J.D. Jensen, and C. Bank. (2016)    A statistical guide to the design of deep mutational scanning experiments. Genetics. doi: 10.1534/genetics.116.190462

R.K. Schott, J. Mueller, C.G.Y. Yang, N. Bhattacharya, N. Chan, M. Xu, J.M. Morrow, A.-H. Ghenu, E.R. Loew, V. Tropepe, and B.S.W. Chang. (2016) Evolution of photoreceptors in the diurnal ribbon snake: what happened to the rods in the all-cone retina? PNAS, 113(2):356-61. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1513284113