Andreas Keller, Research Associate, Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, Rockefeller University in New York, and Sarah Tishkoff, David and Lyn Silfen University Professor, Genetics and Biology, University of Pennsylvania, share how they explore public data to conduct new genetic research.
Andreas Keller, PhD is a research associate in the Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior at the Rockefeller University in New York and a graduate student in the Department of Philosophy at the City University of New York. At Rockefeller University Andreas studies the perceptual and behavioral consequences of variability in human odorant receptors. The human odorant receptor gene family is the largest gene family in the human genome and its members show remarkable genetic and functional variability. The sense of smell is therefore an excellent model for the study of genetic variability and its consequences in humans. Andreas is a Branco Weiss Fellow of the Society in Science Foundation and a NARSAD Young Investigator.
Sarah Tishkoff, PhD is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor in Genetics and Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Tishkoff studies genomic variation in ethnically diverse Africans. Her research examines African population history and how genetic variation can affect a wide range of practical issues – for example, why humans have different susceptibility to disease, how they metabolize drugs, and how they adapt through evolution. Dr. Tishkoff is a recipient of an NIH Pioneer Award, a David and Lucile Packard Career Award, a Burroughs/Wellcome Fund Career Award and a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) endowed chair.