Past Event

Rasmus Nielsen – Inferring the Past: A Big Data Challenge in Genomics

May 20, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Mudd Engineering Building Room #833, Columbia University, 500 West 120th St, New York

Speaker: Dr. Rasmus Nielsen, Professor, Departments of Integrative Biology and Statistics and Director, Center for Computational Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Rasmus Nielsen’s research focuses on statistical and computational aspects of evolutionary theory and genetics. One of the central problems he has been interested in is the molecular basis of evolutionary adaptation. What happens at the molecular levels as one species is transformed into another over evolutionary time? To address this question, he has developed a number of computational methods and applied them to large scale genomic data, such as genomic comparisons of humans and chimpanzees. Rasmus Nielsen has also worked on statistical methods in other aspects of population genetics, medical genetics, phylogenetics, molecular ecology, and molecular evolution. He has been teaching courses in Population Genetics, Human Genetics, Statistical Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Evolution. His students work on both applied and theoretical problems in population genetics, statistical genetics and evolution.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Biology and the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University.