People

John Novembre (PI) 

John Novembre - for UCOM - 100211I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago.  My main research goal is to tackle statistical and analytical problems that will enable discoveries about evolutionary processes and the nature of disease variation.  I earned my undergrad degree at Colorado College, studied for my PhD at UC-Berkeley under Montgomery Slatkin, and was a postdoc at Chicago with Matthew Stephens.  Previous to my post here, I was faculty in the Ecology and Evolution Department at UCLA.

Mark Reppell (Postdoctoral Fellow)

reppellMark Reppell is a PhD graduate of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan under Sebastian Zollner and Mike Boehnke.  Mark brings to the lab substantial expertise on coalescent models of rapidly growing populations.

Ben Peter (Postdoctoral Fellow)

DSC_0152-e1420590056335-226x300Ben Peter is a Swiss NSF postdoctoral fellow and former PhD student at the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California-Berkeley under Monty Slatkin and Rasmus Nielsen.  Ben has been working extensively on spatial expansion models and will continue to work on spatial population genetic problems in the lab.

Hussein Al-asadi (PhD Student)Hussein

Hussein is a graduate student in the Committee of Evolutionary Biology and is interested in using Bayesian Statistics and coalescent theory to study population structure. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he majored in mathematics. He is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and is co-advised by Matthew Stephens. When not in the lab or playing with his two daughters, Hussein likes to fish and backpack.

Evan Koch (PhD Student)Talks_101

Evan is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and PhD student in the Ecology and Evolution program. He has broad interests in evolutionary genetics and has worked in the past on long range LD in humans and sequential coalescent models for chromosome inversions.  He has been working on applications of diffusion theory to understand the interaction of selection and demography in recent human history.

Vicente Diego Ortega del Vecchyo (“Diego”, PhD Student)DiegoPhoto

Diego came to UCLA from the UNAM Genomic Sciences undergraduate program and is now a Bioinformatics PhD student jointly advised with Kirk Lohmueller.  He has been working on the consequences of dog domestication for negative selection and the haplotypic patterns expected around negatively selected alleles.

Joel Smith (PhD Student)5760_774347095083_3206367_44276415_1958107_n

Joel is a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and PhD student in the Dept of Ecology and Evolution and is interested in tools to dissect variation linked to alleles under positive selection. He’s generally interested in the interaction and effect of selection, recombination and population structure on linked variation.  

Joe Marcus (Programmer)Talks_102

Joe was a summer intern in the lab in 2013 and has stayed on as a programmer for the group.  He has been working extensively on the Geography of Genetic Variants Browser as well as developing pipelines for analysis of demographic history.

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