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Sha (Joe) Zhu

Post-doctoral researcher

Research summary

My research interest is in phylogenetics, developing methodologies and solving mathematical problems raised by phylogenetic studies, particularly phylogeny reconstruction using coalescent techniques.

My current projects include:

  1. Implementing the Sequential Coalescent-with-Recombination Model into a program (collaborating with Paul Staab from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München).
  2. Developing tools to infer demographic structures and histories from whole-genome data via the particle filtering technique.


Sha Zhu, James H. Degnan, and Mike A. Steel. Clades, clans and reciprocal monophyly under neutral evolutionary models. Theoretical Population Biology, 79:220–227, 2011.

Sha Zhu and Mike A. Steel. Does Random Tree Puzzle produce Yule–Harding trees in the many-taxon limit? Mathematical Biosciences, 243(1):109–116, 2013.