Josh is the intrepid leader of the wily gang of genome scientists.
Wenqing is interested in the biological and evolutionary processes shaping the patterns of genomic variants, and the genetic mechanisms underlying human traits and diseases.
Josh is working to unravel the basis of functional genomic evolution in yeast and humans through a combination of mathematical modeling, big data analysis and data generation.
Selina is working on strategies for inferring archaic introgression in African populations and will also be studying patterns of somatic DNA copy number variation in humans.
Rachel is interested in how evolution has shaped genetic variation in humans and other primates.
Jenny is interested in yeast genomics. She is focused on the genetics of post-transcriptional processes and their effects on gene expression and protein levels.
Aaron is studying human and Neandertal admixture and regions depleted of introgressed archaic sequence in order to identify human genes responsible for unique human behaviors.
Katherine is joint-advised by Jesse Bloom. She is interested in microbial biogeography and viral quasispecies dynamics.
Jenny is involved in almost all wet-lab projects in the Akey lab. Along with doing ordering and travel reimbursements, she has worked on yeast, dog, and human projects using Sanger and next-gen sequencing, cloning, culturing and mating yeast, yeast heat shock, ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, and DNA and RNA extraction.
When she is not chasing after our two boys, Dayna is chasing down several projects in canine genomics. She has a long-standing interest in mapping genes contributing to inherited canine diseases and continuing to pursue similar projects in the Akey lab.
Ben is interested in human population genetics, with a focus on archaic introgression.
Leslie's research focused on human demographic history and detecting the signatures of recent positive selection.
Focus of study: human population genetics, rare variation association mapping
Focus of study: yeast genomics
Focus of study: yeast evolutionary and functional genomics, statistical methods
Focus of study: human population genetics, detecting positive selection
Focus of Study: canine genomics, copy number variation in canines
Focus of study: human population genetics and statistical methods
Focus of study: human evolutionary genomics
Focus of study: evolution of gene expression QTL in yeast