Get to know the newest members of PGSG!
Po-Ru Loh recently joined PGSG in Spring 2013 as a Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Dr. Alkes Price. Po-Ru received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.S. in Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology. His research at HSPH focuses on the development of methods to compute mixed model association statistics, with goals of (1) reducing computational time and (2) increasing statistical power by modeling non-infinitesimal genetic architectures.
Dr. Bettina Julin is a Visiting Research Fellow from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. During her year in Boston, she will be working with Drs. Immaculata De Vivo and Edward Giovannucci in the Epidemiology Department at HSPH. Dr. Julin’s work explores the associations between PCBs and cancer, as well as cadmium and myocardial infarction and stroke in two large population-based prospective cohorts. Her research at HSPH will investigate the association between Vitamin D and telomere length in men, including evaluation of the association between vitamin D-related single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and telomere length.
Marta Crous Bou joined the PGSG group as a Research Fellow in January 2013. She is working under the supervision of Dr. Immaculata De Vivo in the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Unit at the Channing Division of Network Medicine. Dr. Crous Bou’s research will be mainly focused on the genetic susceptibility and molecular pathoepidemiology of endometrial cancer. Prior to her position at Channing, Dr. Crous Bou was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Catalan Institute of Oncology in Barcelona, Spain, where her work focused on two main topics: gene-environment interactions that influence the susceptibility to colorectal cancer; and the discovery and validation of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for colorectal cancer.
Hilary Finucane is a Doctoral student in the Mathematics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests are probability and statistics with applications in biology. She joined the Price Lab as a Summer rotation student from May to July 2013. While at HSPH, Hilary will work on the project of estimating genetic correlations between pairs of traits (including quantitative and/or disease traits) from summary statistic data. Despite important progress on estimating genetic correlations from raw genotypes, this has never previously been done using only summary statistic data.
George Tucker is a Doctoral student in the Mathematics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working under Professor Bonnie Berger. He is interested in applications of machine learning. In a collaboration with Dr. Alkes Price at HSPH, he is working to understand the effects of confounding from population structure, spatial structure and rare variants on mixed model association statistics.