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Pleuni Pennings

Professor jdelator
Associate Professor
PhD: Ludwig Maximillian's University, Munich
At SFSU Since: 
Hensill Hall 520 and 763
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Evolution, drug resistance, HIV, population genetics, mathematical modeling, computer simulations, (sequence) data analysis.

I am an evolutionary biologist. Most of my research currently focuses the evolution of drug resistance in HIV. I want to understand what determines the rate of evolution of drug resistance, so that we can find ways to halt the evolution of drug resistance. 

Before switching to HIV, I worked on ants, sympatric speciation and soft sweeps. I also write and tweet and make video’s.

If you have questions or would like to discuss an idea, please send me an email (pennings at!