Research in the lab focuses on characterizing natural selection in humans. Natural selection can be defined as the differential survival and reproduction of individuals due to inheritable differences. Natural selection is involved in processes such as resistance to pathogens, adaptation to extreme environmental conditions, and inherited diseases. To study these phenomena, we use a combination of computational techniques and genome data analysis.
The lab has currently three main areas of investigation: Ancient DNA & natural selection; Deleterious variation; and Anthropological genetics. Click on the images below to see more details.