Sarah A. Tishkoff, Ph.D.David and Lyn Silfen University Professor in Genetics and Biology; Director, Penn Center for Global Genomics and Health Equity, University of Pennsylvania
Simons Foundation Presidential Lectures are free public colloquia centered on four main themes: Biology, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Neuroscience and Autism Science. These curated, high-level scientific talks feature leading scientists and mathematicians and are intended to foster discourse and drive discovery among the broader NYC-area research community. We invite researchers in the area — as well as interested members of the metropolitan public — to join us for this weekly lecture series.
Africa is thought to be the ancestral homeland of all modern human populations within the last 300,000 years. The region is also home to tremendous cultural, linguistic, climatic and genetic diversity. Despite the significant role that African populations have played in human history, they remain one of the most underrepresented groups in human genomics studies. Comprehensive knowledge of patterns of variation in African genomes is critical for a deeper understanding of human genomic diversity, the identification of functionally important genetic variation, the genetic basis of adaptation to diverse environments and diets, and the origins of modern humans.
In this lecture, Sarah Tishkoff will discuss how she and colleagues characterized genomic variation in thousands of ethnically and geographically diverse Africans to reconstruct human population history and local adaptation to variable environments. Through this work, they have identified candidate loci that play a role in lipid metabolism and skin color.
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