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Michael DeGiorgio

Michael DeGiorgio

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Assistant Professor of Biology

502B Wartik Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814)867-5366
Lab Address: 502 Wartik Laboratory


  1. Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2011
  2. M.S., University of Michigan, 2008
  3. B.S., University of Central Florida, 2006

Postdoc Training

  1. University of California, Berkeley, 2011-2013

Honors and Awards

  1. Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Computational and Evolutionary Molecular Biology, 2017-Present
  2. National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology, 2011-2013

Selected Publications

AM Harris, M DeGiorgio (2017). An unbiased estimator of gene diversity with improved variance for samples containing related and inbred individuals of any ploidy. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics doi:10.1534/g3.116.037168

C Prada, B Hanna, AF Budd, C Woodley, J Schmutz, J Grimwood, R Iglesias-Prieto, JM Pandolfi, D Levitan, N Knowlton, H Kitano, M DeGiorgio*, M Medina* (2016) Empty niches after extinctions increase population sizes of modern corals. Current Biology 26:1-5.

J Lindo, E Huerta-Sánchez, S Nakagome, M Rasmussen, B Petzelt, J Mitchell, JS Cybulski, E Willerslev, M DeGiorgio, RS Malhi (2016) A time transect of exomes from a Native American population before and after European contact. Nature Communications 7:13175.

M DeGiorgio, NA Rosenberg (2016) Consistency and inconsistency of consensus methods for inferring species trees from gene trees in the presence of ancestral population structure. Theoretical Population Biology 110:12-24.

M DeGiorgio, CD Huber, MJ Hubisz, I Hellmann, R Nielsen (2016) SweepFinder2: Increased sensitivity, robustness, and flexibility. Bioinformatics 32:1895-1897.

M DeGiorgio, KE Lohmueller, R Nielsen (2014) A model-based approach for identifying signatures of ancient balancing selection in genetic data. PLoS Genetics 10:e1004561.

M DeGiorgio, JH Degnan (2014) Robustness to divergence time underestimation when inferring species trees from estimated gene trees. Systematic Biology 63:66-82.

M DeGiorgio, NA Rosenberg (2013) Geographic sampling scheme as a determinant of the major axis of genetic variation in principal components analysis. Molecular Biology and Evolution 30:480-488.

M DeGiorgio, JH Degnan, NA Rosenberg (2011) Coalescence-time distributions in a serial founder model of human evolutionary history. Genetics 189:579-593.

M DeGiorgio, JH Degnan (2010) Fast and consistent estimation of species trees using supermatrix rooted triples. Molecular Biology and Evolution 27:552-659.

M DeGiorgio, M Jakobsson, NA Rosenberg (2009) Explaining worldwide patterns of human genetic variation using a coalescent-based serial founder model of migration outward from Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106:16057-16062.