Welcome to Evodify.com – my personal website where I share my research experience.
Me and my research interests
My name is Dmytro Kryvokhyzha. Yes… I know… my last name is complicated. Almost no one can pronounce it correctly 🙂 .
I am a PhD student in Evolutionary Biology at Uppsala University. I work in Martin Lascoux’s research group studying genome evolution and adaptation in the allotetraploid weed Capsella bursa–pastoris (Brassicaceae).
Previously, I studied diploid-polyploid complexes of spined loaches Cobitis, hybrid speciation in invasive sculpins Cottus and speciation with gene flow in Heliconius butterflies. You can read more about my projects here.
In my research, I would like to understand the role of hybridization and polyploidy in speciation and adaptation. Both combination of divergent genomes and increase of ploidy level are drastic genomic modifications which normally have a deleterious effect but seldom may lead to the emergence of a new species and/or a better-adapted phenotype. I am interested in the latter two phenomena. To investigate them, I mostly use genomic tools and try to integrate information on the levels of genome, transcriptome, and phenotype.
The idea of having a personal website came to my mind in 2013, when I was working on my Master’s thesis at Harvard University. At that time, I started to appreciate websites which described comprehensive solutions of the same problems I faced. By the end of my thesis project, I also developed my solutions for some problems, and I wanted to share them. These solutions were not sufficient for a journal publication, but still could be very useful if published in blog posts. However, starting a blog is a serious step, and it took me two years to gain enough confidence and actually make this step.
In 2016, the website Evodify.com appeared online. Since my last name would not be easy to spell for some people, I named my website EVODIFY. Its origin is very simple: EVO stands for evolution, DI comes from my nickname Dima, FY is just to sound cool 🙂 .
Hobby and free time
To relieve my mind from science, I like spending time with my beloved wife, doing sports, and photographing nature.
I also have a strong passion for open-source software and Linux OS. I make Linux video tutorials and publish them on my YouTube channel. Check it out!