Author Archives: Ryan Gutenkunst

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.

Welcome Xin!

By | November 20, 2019

We are excited to welcome Xin Huang as a postdoc in the group. As a PhD student, Xin carried out beautiful work characterizing differences in selection between human populations. With the Gutenkunst group, he’ll be pushing our recent joint DFE work forward.

Congratulations Brian!

By | October 25, 2019

Congratulations to Brian Mannakee, who just defended his Ph.D. dissertation “Statistical methods for improving low frequency variant calling in cancer genomics”. Dr. Mannakee is leaving the Gutenkunst group to become a Bioinformatics Scientist at Foundation Medicine.

Joint DFE preprint

By | July 16, 2019

How different do we expect the fitness effects of a new mutation to be in different populations? And how does the expected difference depend on the function of the mutated gene, the divergence of the two populations, and other factors? In our preprint just posted on bioRxiv, we address these questions by introducing the concept… Read More »