Patricia Zito

Credentials: PhD Student - Lee Lab


I will working on finding signature of selection and structural changes in copepods adapted under different salinity levels. While I don't have a thesis yet, I'm excited to work more with bioinformatics, molecular evolution and evolutionary genomics.


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

I decided to pursue a graduate degree in iBio because of the freedom it gives to personalize your own learning to your research interests and needs. Moreover, I was looking for a sense of community that the department seems to have.

Why or what do you love about the program?

I just started but I already love how kind and welcoming everyone has been.

Fun Fact: I once accidentally slammed my hand into a saguaro while trying to measure it and I never really got the tinier spikes out. I don’t feel them anymore, but I still have hopes that the spikes under my skin will turn me into a cactus or at least give me plant superpowers.

Educational Background:

B.S. in Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago (2022)