Xihao Li Named Semifinalist for ASHG Trainee Award

Xihao LiBiostatistics PhD Candidate Xihao Li was selected as a semifinalist for the 2020 Charles J. Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research for the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, which will be held virtually from Oct. 27-30, 2020.

Li’s abstract “Powerful and resource-efficient rare variant meta-analysis for large-scale whole genome sequencing studies using summary statistics and functional annotations, with application to TOPMed lipid data” focuses on the development of a resource-efficient rare variant meta-analysis framework in large-scale whole genome sequencing association studies, while incorporating multiple variant functional annotations to further improve power. Currently, the proposed framework aims to be the first available solution to perform meta-analysis of rare variants in both coding and noncoding regions at the scale of large whole genome sequencing studies.

Congratulations Xihao!