March 21, 2017: Rajiv McCoy and Aaron Wolf, Genomics

by Jay Leon on April 3, 2017

Rajiv McCoy is a postdoctoral fellow in Josh Akey’s lab in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. He received his PhD in biology from Stanford University in 2015, with dissertation work focused on understanding the causes of chromosome abnormalities in human embryos.

Rajiv’s research leverages statistical and computational approaches to address evolutionary questions using massive datasets produced by genomic technologies. His current work in the Akey lab examines the consequences of ancient interbreeding between modern humans and Neanderthals. He will present his research demonstrating that Neanderthal sequences in present-day human genomes influence gene regulation and contribute to diversity in human traits.

You can read more about Rajiv’s work on his personal webpage: https://rajivmccoy.wordpress.com

Aaron Wolf is a graduate student in Josh Akey’s lab in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. His research focuses on studying the genetic effects of human-Neandertal hybridization and the consequences for human health and disease of inherited Neandertal sequence in the modern human genome. He is interested in leveraging these genetic data to identify genes that have shaped unique modern human behaviors and contributed to the evolution of human cognition and culture.

More information about the Akey lab is available here: http://akeylab.gs.washington.edu

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