Aurora Alvarez-Buylla

Graduate Student in Biology
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
HHMI Gilliam Fellow

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Aurora Alvarez-Buylla

I am interested in how evolution works at the molecular level. Using poison frogs as a model, I aim to understand how the mechanisms of toxin acquisition and metabolism have evolved in closely-related species that display varying sets of toxins. Using this system I hope to elucidate some of the underlying principles of how a population can acquire traits in response to new habitats.

Outside of lab, I try to spend most of my time outside backpacking, hiking, climbing, or swimming. I also enjoy reading, drawing, cooking, and eating.