Lab news: 2016 and part II 2015

Here’s a running log of some of the major lab news events of 2016 and 2015:

  • The lab enjoyed a week-long hackathon on the geographic distribution of genetic variants (12/16)
  • A new version of our “Geography of Genetics Variants” server has been posted that allow simple url-based query of a variant.  (12/16)
  • Our pre-print on demographic history and population structure of Sardinia is now on the bioRxiv.  (12/16)
  • Ben and John contributed to a large collaborative paper led by Tomas Marques on chimpanzee and bonobo genetics that is now published in Science. (11/16)
  • John spoke at the NAS/Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium in Irvine.  (11/16)
  • Joe and John’s paper on the “Geography of Genetic Variants” server went online at Bioinformatics.  (10/16)
  • The whole lab travelled to Vancouver to attend and present at the annual ASHG convention. (10/16)
  • Hussein attended and presented at the Probabilistic Genomes meeting at Oxford. (10/16)
  • Ben and John’s review on fine-scale population structure in humans goes online at Current Opinions Genetics and Development as part of an excellent special issue edited by Anna Di Rienzo and Josh Akey. (9/16)
  • 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)
  • Charleston’s paper on the challenges of interpreting IBD tract lengths is published in G3. (5/16)
  • John, David Witonsky and Anna Di Rienzo submitted their report to the Army Corps of Engineers reanalyzing the aDNA data with regards to the origins of the Kennewick Man Sample (4/16).
  • Adam’s paper on the inferring regions of selection in early dog domestication is published in PLoS Genetics. (3/16)
  • Our paper with Desi Petkova and Matthew Stephens on visualizing migration surfaces (the EEMS method) was published in Nature Genetics. (1/16)
  • November issue of Nature Genetics highlights Sardinia genetics and includes two papers we contributed to! (11/15)
  • Ask-Me-Anything series on Reddit put John to the test. (11/15)
  • 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)
  • The lab was awarded one of a new BD2K targeted software development awards based on our research proposal “Tools for Visualization of Geographic Structure in Population Genomic Data” (6/15)
  • John authored a News and Views article “Human evolution: ancient DNA steps into the language debate” (6/15)
  • The lab enjoyed a great 1-day retreat at the University’s Warren Woods research station. (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:

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