Bárbara Bitarello

Bárbara Bitarello

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Pennsylvania

About me

Hi, I am Bárbara (she/her). I am a computational biologist/geneticist. I am very interested in all things related to human evolution. I have worked with immunogenetics and balancing selection. Lately, I am more focused on polygenic scores and their predictions, particularly in admixed populations. I love to program and learn new languages (computational or not). In my spare time I engage in many hobbies: comic drawing, choir singing, guitar playing, book readings/discussions, yoga, activism, writing. Please reach out if you’d like to collaborate on a cool project!


  • Molecular evolution
  • R Programming
  • Scientific Communication
  • Polygenic Risk Scores
  • Population Genetics
  • Precision Medicine
  • Quantitative Genetics
  • Diversity in Human Genetics


  • PhD in Genetics and Evolutionary Biology, 2016

    University of São Paulo, Brazil

  • MSc in Genetics and Evolutionary Biology, 2011

    University of São Paulo, Brazil

  • BSc in Biological Sciences

    State University of Campinas, Brazil


R Programming

Analysis/problem solving



Urban gardening