Ayken Askapuli

Credentials: PhD Student - Hawks Lab

Email: ayken.askapuli@wisc.edu

I study human population genetics and anthropology. In particular, I am interested in understanding the evolutionary forces and events that have shaped the genomes of modern human populations in Central Asia and Siberia.

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree in iBio?

I entered the graduate program in Integrative Biology because of the interdisciplinary and flexible nature of the graduate program. The program is flexible in graduate course requirements and selection of advisory committee members, and thus enables graduate students to design their own training trajectory.

Why or what do you love about the program?

I like the program because it has provided me the opportunity to work with faculty members in the departments of Integrative Biology, Genetics, and Anthropology.

Fun Fact: I am from Kazakstan, but I was born in Barköl, Xinjiang, China.

Educational Background:

I studied Biology (B.Sc.) and Zoology (M.Sc.) in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, China, and earned an M.Sc. degree in Anthropology in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Website: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/find-explorers/ayken-askapuli