Patrick O'Grady received his B.S. in Biology from Clarkson University (1993) and conducted his doctoral research with Dr. Margaret Kidwell at the University of Arizona where he received his PhD in Genetics (1998). He was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Rob DeSalle at the American Museum of Natural History (1998-2003). Patrick has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont (2003-2005) and the University of California at Berkeley (2005-2011). He is currently an Associate Professor at UC Berkeley.
Dr. O'Grady's research focuses understanding the patterns and processes that generate and maintain biological diversity. Research projects in his laboratory cover a range of biological disciplines including morphology and taxonomy, phylogenetic systematics, population genetics, molecular evolution and genomics to examine the evolutionary history of endemic Hawaiian Insects, particularly flies in the family Drosophilidae. The National Science Foundation, the United States Forest Service and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have provided funding for his research. He has authored 90 publications, described 80 species and has two taxa named after him, a leaf hopper (Cicadellidae: Nesophrosyne) and a long-legged fly (Dolichopodidae: Campsicnemus).