Rosenberg lab at Stanford University

Lab alumni

[Postdocs] [PhD students] [Master's students]
[Undergraduates] [Other members]

Postdocs

Lars Andersen (Sep 2012 - Aug 2013). Lars completed his B.S. in statistics and mathematics (2004), M.Sc. in statistics (2007), and Ph.D. in probability theory (2009), all at the University of Aarhus, where he worked with Søren Asmussen, Asger Hobolth, and Thomas Mailund. In the lab, Lars's research focused on stochastic processes for population genetics, particularly on models of gene trees and species trees and on the coalescent isolation-with-migration model and its applications. Lars's work in the lab was supported by a fellowship from the Villum Foundation. After leaving the lab, Lars joined the Department of Mathematics at the University of Aarhus as Associate Professor.
Michael Blum (Nov 2005 - Sep 2006). Michael received an M.Sc. in applied mathematics from the University of Grenoble (2002) and a Ph.D. in applied statistics from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (2005), where he worked with Prof. Olivier Francois. In the lab, his research interests focused on coalescent properties of ancestral lineages, theoretical population genetics, and mathematical models for phylogenetic tree balance. After leaving the lab, Michael began work as a CNRS Associate Scientist in the TIMC-IMAG Laboratory, University of Grenoble.
Erkan Buzbas (Jul 2009 - Aug 2012). Erkan received a B.S. in chemistry (2000) and M.S. in Environmental Sciences (2003) from Bosphorus University, and an M.S. in statistics (2007) and Ph.D. in bioinformatics and computational biology (2009) from the University of Idaho, where he was a student with Prof. Paul Joyce. His research interests in the lab focused on balancing selection models, approximate Bayesian computation, and inference problems in theoretical population genetics. After leaving the lab, Erkan joined the Department of Statistical Science at the University of Idaho as Assistant Professor.
James Degnan (Jul 2007 - Sep 2008). James joined the lab after receiving his B.A. in mathematics and philosophy and Ph.D. in mathematics and statistics (2005) from the University of New Mexico, under the supervision of Prof. Laura Salter Kubatko. In the lab, James's research focused on the mathematics of discordance between gene trees and species trees, species tree inference methods, and statistical methods in human population genetics. After leaving the lab, James started a position as a Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Canterbury.
Mattias Jakobsson (Sep 2005 - Mar 2008). Mattias received his B.S. in mathematics and biology and his Ph.D. in biology (2005) from Lund University, under the supervision of Prof. Torbjorn Sall. In the lab, Mattias's interests focused on human population genetics, methods for the analysis of population structure, and theoretical properties of founder events and bottlenecks. From 2007-2008, his work was supported by a University of Michigan Center for Genetics in Health and Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship. After leaving the lab, Mattias joined the Department of Evolutionary Biology at Uppsala University as Assistant Professor.
Trevor Pemberton (Mar 2008 - Dec 2012). Trevor earned his B.Sc. in molecular genetics (2000) and D.Phil. in biochemistry (2004) from the University of Sussex. He joined the lab after a postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Pragna Patel at the University of Southern California. In the lab, Trevor focused on problems connecting patterns of genetic variation to the search for disease genes, on human microsatellite variation, and on the structure and application of genetic variation in the population of India. From 2010-2011, his work was supported by a University of Michigan Center for Genetics in Health and Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship. After leaving the lab, Trevor accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics at the University of Manitoba.
Paul Scheet (Sep 2006 - Jul 2008). Paul received his B.S. in biology from Washington University (1995), his M.S. in statistics from the University of Iowa (2000), and his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Washington (2006) under the direction of Prof. Matthew Stephens. His research interests in the lab focused on haplotype variation, human population genetics, and genotype imputation methods in diverse human populations. After leaving the lab, Paul began a faculty position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Cuong Than (Nov 2009 - Sep 2012). Cuong earned his B.S. in computer science from Hanoi University of Technology (2003) and his M.S. (2008) and Ph.D. (2009) in computer science from Rice University, where he worked with Prof. Luay Nakhleh. His research in the lab focused on algorithms in bioinformatics and phylogenetics, with a particular emphasis on the minimize-deep-coalescences algorithm for species tree inference. After leaving the lab, Cuong continued in his postdoctoral studies at the Faculty of Computer Science, University of Tuebingen, under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Huson.
Paul Verdu (Sep 2009 - Sep 2012). Paul received his M.S. in genetics from the University of Paris 7 (2005) and his Ph.D. in anthropological genetics at the University of Paris 6 (2009) under the direction of Prof. Evelyne Heyer. Paul's work in the lab examined genetic admixture and demography in a variety of groups, including the population of Cape Verde, Native Americans, and the Pygmy populations of central Africa. He also focused on admixture modeling, human spatial variation, sociogenetics, and the relationship between genetic and linguistic variation. After leaving the lab, Paul began a faculty position as CNRS Associate Scientist at the Musee d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris.


PhD students

Mike DeGiorgio (Apr 2007 - Aug 2011). Mike received his B.S. in mathematics and computer Science from the University of Central Florida (2006) and his M.S. in bioinformatics (2008) and Ph.D. in bioinformatics from the University of Michigan (2011). His research interests in the lab focused on statistical methods for the analysis of human genetic variation, serial founder models for human migrations, and methods for species tree inference in the presence of gene tree discordance. Mike was supported in the lab by a Rackham Graduate School Merit Fellowship and a Genome Science Training Program graduate fellowship. His Ph.D. thesis in bioinformatics, entitled "Genetic variation and modern human origins," was recognized by the Program in Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research, and was named honorable mention for the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. After leaving the lab, Mike joined the lab of Rasmus Nielsen in the Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, supported by a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology.
Lucy Huang (Nov 2006 - Dec 2011). Lucy received her B.S. in mathematics from the University of Chicago (2005) and her M.S. in biostatistics (2007) and Ph.D. in bioinformatics (2011) from the University of Michigan. Her research interests in the lab focused on a variety of aspects of genotype imputation, and on the relationship of population genetics to disease-gene mapping. Her Ph.D. thesis in bioinformatics (2011) was entitled "Genotype imputation in worldwide human populations: empirical and theoretical approaches." Lucy was supported during her Ph.D. by a Rackham Graduate School Predoctoral Fellowship. After leaving the lab, Lucy began work as an Associate at McKinsey and Company in Chicago.
Naama Kopelman (Jul 2007 - Feb 2014). Naama completed her B.Sc. in biology and computer science at Tel Aviv University and her M.S. in bioinformatics at the Weizmann Institute of Science, on the relationship between gene duplication and alternative splicing. She conducted her Ph.D. in environmental studies at Tel Aviv University, with co-supervision by Prof. Lewi Stone. Her research interests in the lab focused on genetic relationships among Jewish populations, population structure, identity by descent, and admixture. Her Ph.D. thesis (2014) was entitled "The complex genealogy of Jewish populations." After leaving the lab, Naama joined the lab of Itay Mayrose in the Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants at Tel Aviv University, supported by a fellowship from the Tel Aviv University Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics.
Zachary Szpiech (Dec 2007 - Sep 2012). Zach completed his B.S. in mathematics at the University of Michigan (2007), working during his senior year in the Rosenberg lab. He completed his M.S. in bioinformatics (2009) and Ph.D. in bioinformatics (2012) at the University of Michigan. Zach's research interests in the lab focused on theoretical, empirical, and statistical aspects of private alleles. His Ph.D. thesis in bioinformatics, entitled "Human migration, population divergence, and the accumulation of deleterious alleles: insights from private genetic variation and whole-exome sequencing," was supported by graduate fellowships from the University of Michigan Bioinformatics and Genome Science Training Programs. After leaving the lab, Zach joined the lab of Ryan Hernandez in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.
Chaolong Wang, (Jan 2009 - Sep 2012). Chaolong earned his B.S. in Physics from Peking University (2008), and his M.A. in statistics (2011), M.S. in bioinformatics (2011), and Ph.D. in bioinformatics (2012) from the University of Michigan. In the lab, Chaolong's research interests focused on statistical analysis of the relationship between genes and geography in human populations, and on a maximum-likelihood method for the analysis of allelic dropout. His Ph.D. thesis in bioinformatics, "Statistical methods for analyzing human genetic variation in diverse populations," was supported by a Rackham Graduate School Predoctoral Fellowship and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowship. After leaving the lab, Chaolong began work as a postdoctoral fellowship in the labs of Liming Liang and Xihong Lin in the Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health.


Master's students

Laura Helmkamp (Aug 2010 - Aug 2011). Laura completed her B.S. in mathematics and chemistry at the University of Florida (2010) and her M.S. in biostatistics at the University of Michigan (2012). Her work as a research assistant in the lab focused on evaluating the statistical properties of algorithms that use gene trees to estimate species trees, with an emphasis on consensus methods. After leaving the lab, she continued in her M.S. studies and began work as a data analyst in the Division of Population Health Sciences at Wayne State University.
Jenna VanLiere (Sep 2006 - Apr 2008). Jenna completed her B.S. in mathematics at Duke University (2004), and her M.S. in bioinformatics (2008) and M.D. (2010) at the University of Michigan. In the lab, her research focused on population genetics in relation to the identification of disease genes, with an emphasis on linkage disequilibrium and replication of genetic association studies. Her work was supported by a fellowship from the Genome Science Training Program. After leaving the lab, Jenna completed her medical training at the University of Michigan Medical School and continued in an internal medicine residency at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.


Undergraduates

Hanna Astephan (Oct 2010 - Apr 2011). Hanna performed research in the lab as a junior majoring in mathematics at the University of Michigan. Her work focused on mathematical models of private haplotype variation. After leaving the lab, Hanna continued in her studies at Michigan.
Amy Goldberg (Apr 2011 - Aug 2011). Amy performed research in the lab as a senior majoring in biological anthropology and mathematics at the University of Michigan. Her work in the lab focused on admixture in human populations. After graduating from Michigan in 2011, Amy rejoined the lab as a Ph.D. student in the ecology and evolution program at Stanford University.
Ivana Jankovic (Apr 2008 - May 2010). Ivana performed research in the lab as a junior and senior majoring in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Michigan. Her work in the lab focused on statistics for analyzing genetic variation in related individuals. After graduating from Michigan in 2010, Ivana enrolled as an MD/PhD student at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ananya Rastogi (May 2014 - July 2014). Ananya was a visiting student researcher in the lab while studying for her M.S. degree, integrated with her undergraduate training, at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Mohali, India. Her reseach in the lab focused on dynamical models of admixture. After completion of her summer research, Ananya returned to IISER to finish her undergraduate training. in bioinformatics.
Shashir Reddy (Sep 2008 - Jan 2010). Shashir performed research in the lab as a junior and senior majoring in mathematics. His work in the lab focused on mathematical properties of homozygosity and heterozygosity. After graduating from Michigan in 2010, Shashir enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program in computer science at Ohio State University.
Zachary Szpiech (Sep 2006 - Aug 2007). Zach performed research in the lab as a senior majoring in mathematics. His work in the lab focused on software for analyzing private allelic variation. After graduating from Michigan in 2007, Zach rejoined the lab as a Ph.D. student in bioinformatics.
Randa Tao (Feb 2006 - Jun 2006). Randa performed research in the lab as an undergraduate majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology. Her work in the lab focused on mathematical models of the discordance of gene trees and species trees. After graduating from Michigan in 2006, Randa enrolled as a medical student at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


High school students

Eric Kalosa-Kenyon (Jun 2010 - Aug 2010). Eric performed research in the lab after his junior year at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. His work in the lab focused on properties of the minimize-deep-coalescence algortithm for species tree inference. After graduating from Pioneer in 2011, Eric enrolled as an undergraduate at Brown University.

Past rotation students and extended visitors

  • Arbel Harpak, Stanford Biology (Sep 2013 - Mar 2014)
  • Lucie Gattepaille, Visiting evolutionary biology PhD student, Uppsala University (May 2013 - Aug 2013)
  • Anastasia Wolff, Visiting biology master's student, Ecole Normale Superieure (Feb 2010 - Jun 2010)
  • Brian Metzger, UMich Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (Sep 2009 - Oct 2009)
  • Ethan Jewett, UMich Bioinformatics (May 2009 - Aug 2009)
  • Chaolong Wang, UMich Bioinformatics (Jan 2009 - Apr 2009)
  • Simina Boca, Visiting Johns Hopkins biostatistics PhD student (Jun 2008 - Aug 2008; Jun 2007 - Aug 2007)
  • Zach Szpiech, UMich Bioinformatics (Jan 2008 - Apr 2008)
  • Mike DeGiorgio, UMich Bioinformatics (Apr 2007 - Aug 2007)
  • Conner Sandefur, UMich Bioinformatics (Jan 2007 - Apr 2007)
  • Jenna VanLiere, UMich Bioinformatics (Apr 2006 - Jun 2006)
  • Justin Van Klein, UMich Bioinformatics (Sep 2005 - Dec 2005)