Matthew Breen :: PhD :: C.Biol :: FRSB ::
Professor of Genomics and the Oscar J. Fletcher Distinguished Professor of Comparative Oncology Genetics

Megan Dillon

PhD candidate (Genetics)


Megan is from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She received her BS in biology from Randolph-Macon College. After working on diverse projects throughout her undergrad, ranging from fish speciation to beer brewing, she began her PhD in the genetics program where she is co-advised by Matthew Breen and Martha Burford Reiskind. Megan’s project focuses on the genetics of dogs that live around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. She currently is searching for evidence of local adaptation in response to the multi-generational exposures faced by these dogs. In her free time, Megan enjoys skiing, hiking, and playing fetch with her cat, Waylon.

Congratulations to Megan for receiving a TriCEM Graduate Student Award for her project “Dogs of Chernobyl: Effects of exposure on the genome and disease vectors

Congratulations to Megan for passing her PhD prelims (March 2023)