Sohini Ramachandran, Ph.D.

Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Institution
Brown University
Address
80 Waterman Street, Box G-W
City, State, Zip
Providence, RI 2912
Phone
(401) 863-9701
E-mail
sramachandran[at]brown.edu
Website
http://www.brown.edu/Research/Ramachandran_Lab/
Research Field
Genetics
Award Year
2012

Research

Our laboratory uses mathematical modeling, applied statistical methods, and computer simulations to make inferences about aspects of human population histories from extant individuals’ genetic variation. Since the emergence of modern humans in Africa, human demographic history has been complex and nonstationary. Human populations have, for example, grown rapidly, split apart, migrated over large distances, experienced isolation, and mixed during historical colonization events. We are interested in the relative roles of human demographic history and natural selection in the patterning of human genetic variation. The advent of large genome-wide datasets and population-scale whole-genome sequences offer both new challenges and opportunities to learn about deep human history and the genomic underpinnings of diseases in modern humans.