Pleuni Pennings



Associate Professor, Biology


I am an evolutionary biologist and work on the evolution of drug resistance in HIV and bacteria. 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.

I have also worked on ants, sympatric speciation and soft sweeps. Recently, I have published on fitness costs of mutations in viruses and the evolution of rats in New York. I also write and tweet and make video's.

At SFSU, I am heavily involved in several programs to help bio/chem/biochem students learn computer science and coding skills. This includes the PINC minor program, the PINC summer program, the GOLD certificate for graduate students and the Science Coding Immersion Program (SCIP).