Author Archives: Ryan Gutenkunst

Welcome Linh!

By | May 18, 2020

We welcome a new PhD student to the group. Linh Tran has a B.A. in Chemistry, but she’s now interested in biology and data science. In the Gutenkunst group, her PhD research will likely focus on applying machine learning approaches to genomic data to infer demographic history and natural selection.

Alumni congratulations

By | May 6, 2020

Today was spectacular for past and present members of the group! First, former PhD student Aaron Ragsdale accepted a position as Assistant Professor in Integrative Biology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He’ll be starting in Fall 2021, after spending time at UGA-Langebio. Second, former PhD student Benson Hsieh was awarded an NIH K99… Read More »

Cancer mutation calling paper published

By | February 6, 2020

Cells within a tumor are genetically diverse, and low-frequency mutations can have important implications for understanding treatment resistance and tumor evolution. But detecting such mutations is difficult. We developed BATCAVE as an improved algorithm for detecting mutations within tumors by modeling a key aspect of tumor biology. Namely, each individual tumor has its own profile… Read More »

Congratulations Megan!

By | January 25, 2020

Congratulations to Megan Irby, a senior undergraduate in the group, who was just accepted into the Peace Corps. After graduation, Megan will spend two years working as an HIV/AIDS Educator in Zambia. We’re impressed Megan sought out this experience, which will help shape her future medical career.

Science Cafe on Genetic Testing

By | January 10, 2020

Last night Ryan gave a public science talk about genetic testing at the Saddlebrooke retirement community. It was a great experience, and the audience had well-informed questions. Watch the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je5GcyU6CYc.