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  • BS, Cornell University
  • PhD, University of Chicago


Dr. Rebecca B. Dikow is a Research Data Scientist and leads the Smithsonian Institution Data Science Lab. Her dissertation research focused on using whole-genome data to build evolutionary trees (phylogenies). After the completion of her PhD, she was the Biodiversity Genomics postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian. She and Dr. Paul Frandsen founded the Data Science Lab at the Smithsonian in 2016 with the goal of working with Smithsonian scientists and outside partners to conduct biodiversity research, including genomics, informatics, and machine learning.

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