Arjun Biddanda and Joe Marcus officially joined the lab as our newest PhD students! (9/16)
We hosted the 3rd annual Midwest PopGen meeting here at UChicago – it was once again a great amount of fun. (8/16)
Summer travel: Arjun, Joe, and John travelled to Sardinia to teach in the summer school short course on Complex Disease Mapping and had some excellent side adventuring. Arjun, Joe, Hussein, and John all attended the Computational Genomics Summer Institute at UCLA. Evan attended SSE in Austin and presented a poster. Joel did an internship on science policy in Brasilia, Brazil. (6/16-8/16)
PhD student Diego Ortega del Vecchyo crossed the threshold and defended his PhD – he’ll be greatly missed and is now onto a postdoctoral fellowship at UC-Berkeley. (6/16)
John was awarded a MacArthur fellowship! Check out the video biography they did, with background cameos from various members of the lab. (10/15)
Summer conference travel: Much of the lab attended SMBE in Austria where talks were given by Diego Ortega, Ben Peter, and myself and a poster was presented by Evan Koch. Many of us also attended the second edition of the Midwest Population Genetics meeting, this time held at the University of Michigan. Joel Smith attended SSE in Brazil where he gave a talk, and Ben Peter gave a talk at the ESEB meeting in Laussane (7/15, 8/15)
Lab programmer Joe Marcus spent three months of the summer in the lab of our collaborator Francesco Cucca in Cagliari, Sardinia as part of our work in the SardiNIA/Progenia project (6/15)
Former postdoctoral fellow Charleston Chiang did a tour in China and Taiwan giving talks, finished his fellowship, and transitioned to a new position at UCLA with Nelson Freimer (6/15).
Anna di Rienzo and John organized and hosted the Department of Human Genetics Mitchell Symposium with a focus this year on ancient DNA. We enjoyed great talks from David Reich, Matthias Meyer, Tina Warriner, and Alan Cooper. The event brought together a diverse audience on campus and was held in the University of Chicago’s home for archaeology, the Oriental Institute. (5/15)
Johannes Krause visited for a Human Genetics seminar, and with Johannes we took a joy trip to see the Cahokia Mounds outside of “Mound City” (a.k.a. St. Louis).
Former PhD student Eunjung Han and Darren Kessner both had their final chapters put into press: