October 2, 2020: My preprint entitled "The history and evolution of the Denisovan-EPAS1 haplotype in Tibetans" is finally on bioRxiv! Extremely excited to see this work out after a two-year journey.
September 28, 2020: Right before the Thanksgiving break on November 23rd at 9am PST, I'll be chairing an AAPA monthly webinar on "The Ups, Downs, Ins, and Outs of Computational Genomics in Anthropology". It will be free to watch and please register soon on the AAPA website!
August 14, 2020: very proud of my mentee Nina Sachdev from Wellesley College to successfully complete the UCLA Bruines-in-Genomics (BIG) summer program and for winning the Research Excellence Award!
May 1, 2020: My manuscript on "The impact of recessive deleterious variants on the detection of adaptive introgression in human populations" got accepted at Genetics! Here's the link for the full article: https://doi.org/10.1534/genetics.120.303081
May 1, 2020: I gave a poster presentation (online Q&A session) at the virtualized TAGC/PEQG conference on my most recent work of "Recessive deleterious variants have a limited impact on the detection of adaptive introgression in human populations"
April 17, 2020: I hosted the virtual symposium entitled "Thriving at miles high - studying high altitude adaptation across the globe", which was originally an invited podium symposium for the 89th AAPA annual meeting (in-person meeting canceled due to COVID-19). The Zoom session and Facebook Live-streaming of the symposium were extremely successful, with ~100 audience watching online throughout the session! Thanks so much again for those who contributed to the symposium and supported us!
Mar 2020: I gave a webinar talk for the Chinese Genomics Meet-up Online (Title: Upon the encounter between archaic and modern humans: why deleterious mutations matter)
Dec 2019: I gave a seminar talk at BGI Research Institute in Shenzhen, China (Title: Statistical methods to detect archaic adaptive introgression)
Dec 2019: I gave a podium talk at the International Symposium on Paleoanthropology in Commemoration of the 90th Anniversary of the Discovery of the First Skull of Peking Man held in Beijing, China (Title: Denisovan Introgression and the Evolutionary History of EPAS1 gene in Tibetans)
Aug 2019: I gave a seminar talk at the School of Archaeology at University of Oxford, UK (Title: Genetic Legacies from archaic humans)
July 2019: I gave an oral presentation in an Open Symposium session at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) in Manchester, UK. (Title: MLAdapt - a machine learning-based method for detecting genome-wide adaptive introgression)
June 2019: I received 2nd place in Best Short Talk Award at the Inaugural Los Angeles Postdoc Research Symposium held at UCLA CNSI. (Talk title: Genetic Legacy from archaic humans: a tale of Denisovans, Tibetans, and EPAS1 gene)
March 2019: I gave a podium talk at the 88th AAPA meeting in Cleveland, OH. (Session 20: Genotype-Phenotype Studies; Title: Archaic Introgression Largely Affected High Altitude Adaptation and the Evolutionary History of EPAS1 in Tibet)
Oct 2018: I had a poster presentation at the ASHG annual meeting in San Diego, CA.