I am an evolutionary biologist with broad interests in ecology and evolution. After getting my BA degree in Biology and a Master degree in Ecology at Universidade de Campinas in Brazil, I went to Stony Brook University in the US to get my PhD in the group of Douglas Futuyma. At Stony Brook University I have also worked for two years as a postdoc in the laboratory of Walter Eanes. From Long Island I moved to another tiny island for a two-year postdoc in the group of Frank Jiggins at Cambridge University. In June 2014, I returned to Brazil to join the faculty of the Ecology department at Universidade de São Paulo.
André is a biologist passionate about insects. He has experience on insect biochemistry and physiology. His Master and PhD research were carried out at the Chemistry Institute in the University of São Paulo (under Walter Terra supervision). He joined the Cogni group as a postdoc to develop studies on the Drosophila-Wolbachia-virus interaction to understand the influence of host and symbiont genotypes on viral infection.
Camila is a MSc student in the Ecology Department at Universidade de São Paulo (starting Feb, 2016). She is interested in how the virulence of natural enemies, such as viruses, changes over the evolution of their hosts (Drosophila spp.). Camila got her Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences from Universidade de São Paulo in 2015. During her undergrad studies, she joined an exchange program at the University of Sydney, Australia (2013-2014).
Lucas is a MSc student in the Ecology Department, and an undergraduate student of Applied Mathematics, both at Universidade de São Paulo. He is advised by Paulo Guimarães and co-advised by Rodrigo Cogni. Through mathematical modelling and simulations, he is exploring how species abundances affect the coevolutionary dynamics in mutualistic networks.
Marcos Martins is a Biological Sciences undergraduate student at Universidade de São Paulo, with an exchange program at University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2015). His main interests are in evolutionary ecology, conservation genetics and phylogeography. He is currently working in the interaction among the endosimbiont Wolbachia, Drosophilla spp. and their viruses.
Recent advances in molecular biology opened exciting opportunities to study the interface of ecological, evolutionary and genetic processes for a detailed understanding of evolution of adaptations. In general, the main goal of our research program is to study the ecological pressures in the wild that influence the patterns of variation at the genomic level and result in the evolution of adaptations. We are interested in adaptations to the abiotic factors of the environment, as well as adaptations to ecological interactions. We have three main research programs:
I am looking for very motivated people to join the group. I am recruiting postdoctoral fellows, undergraduate students, and graduate students interested in pursuing a Master or PhD degree. We have excellent opportunities for funding students and postdocs of any nationality, as well as opportunities for lab members to visit research groups in any part of the world (for periods of 6-12 months) and develop collaborative projects.
If you are interested please email me at rodrigocogni[at]gmail.com
The University of São Paulo (USP) is the largest University in Brazil and the most prestigious in Latin America. Besides its excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, USP is committed to high quality research. We are in the Department of Ecology at the Biosciences Institute (IB). Our Department and Institute rank among the top in the country in terms of quality of research and international visibility.
Our campus is located in São Paulo, the ninth largest city in the world. The city is a major cultural center, with an ethnically diverse metropolitan area and rich cultural life. São Paulo is also known for its diverse and sophisticated cuisine, hosting some of the best restaurants in the world.
Frank Jiggins (Cambridge University) and I are looking for a PhD student interested in working on a collaborative project on evolution of host-parasite interactions using virus and fruit-flies. The student will do a full PhD at the Genetics Department (Cambridge University) under Frank Jiggins supervision, and part of the dissertation research involves field work in Brazil under the supervision of Rodrigo Cogni. E-mail me at rodrigocogni[at]gmail.com if interested.