11th Annual IGSS Conference • September 24, 2020

Integrating Genetics and the Social Sciences 2020

Keynote Speaker: Iain Mathieson

University of Pennsylvania, Department of Genetics, Perelman School of Medicine

The relationship between (genetic) demography, polygenic adaption and the evolution of complex traits: what have we learned from ancient DNA?

Professor Mathieson is a population geneticist with interests and expertise in a wide range of human genetics research. His expertise includes association studies, the distribution of rare variants, the genetics of spatially structured populations and understanding human history using ancient DNA. His current interest is in understanding the evolution of complex traits in humans, their distribution across human populations, and their relationship to demographic history and natural selection.

Statistical Genetics Workshop: Disentangling genes and environment using genomic family data

Presenter: Alexander Young

Alexander Young is a Research Scientist with the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC) at USC. Following degrees in Mathematics and Statistics and in Computational Biology at the University of Cambridge, Alex pursued a doctorate in Genomic Medicine and Statistics with Peter Donnelly at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford. During his PhD, he visited deCODE Genetics in Reykjavik and began to work out how to use large amounts of genetic data on families to tease apart genetic and environmental effects on traits. He pursued postdoctoral research with Augustine Kong at deCODE Genetics in Iceland and at the Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford. While working with the deCODE data, Alex developed a novel method for estimating heritability using genetic data on parents and offspring. He continues to pursue development of novel methodology to better analyse and understand the role of genetic variation in social and behavioral traits.