Benjamin Klementz

Credentials: PhD Student - Sharma Lab


I'm broadly interested in the mechanisms underlying the diversification of arachnids, including whole genome duplication and subsequent rates of gene retention, as well as genetic drivers of body plan patterning as they relate to novel structures. I use a mix of phylogenomic and functional genetic approaches, with daddy longlegs and vinegaroons as my main systems.


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

I decided to pursue a grad degree in iBio after the awesome experience I had as an undergraduate researcher with the Sharma Lab.

Why or what do you love about the program?

I love the flexibility of the program, allowing me to explore nearly any aspect of biology.

Educational Background:

I earned a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from UW-Madison