Steven Van Belleghem


University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras
Biology Department
JGD Building #213
San Juan, PR 00931


My research broadly focuses on the genetic principles that explain biological diversity. Fundamental questions that regularly make me go ‘bonkers’ are: “What is the connection between genotype and phenotype?” and “How does genotypic and phenotypic variation arise and spread through a population?” Applying these questions to neurological phenotypes is very challenging but exciting, as it tries to identify the molecular underpinning of behavioral differences.

I acquired a background in bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, genomics and population genetics at the Ghent University (Belgium – where I’m from originally; Bachelors, Masters and PhD studies), Cambridge University (UK; Postdoc) and the University of Puerto Rico where I am currently at.