The office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education (RIGE) will be presenting a lecture by Dr. Rasmus Nielsen entitled "Human Genomics: A Window into our Evolutionary Past." The RIGE Innovation Seminar Series provides students and faculty members with opportunities to meet and interact with internationally recognized researchers whose work represents creative and unique approaches to evolving challenges in their fields.
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: 331 Klamath Hall
About Rasmus Nielsen
Dr. Rasmus Nielsen obtained his Ph.D. degree in Population Genetics from UC Berkeley, Department of Integrative Biology in 1998. After having held positions at Harvard University, Cornell University and University of Copenhagen, he is now a professor of Computational Biology, and director of the Center of Computational Biology, at UC Berkeley. His 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. Dr. Nielsen has also worked on statistical methods in other aspects of population genetics, medical genetics, phylogenetics, molecular ecology, and molecular evolution.