Michael “Doc” Edge, principal investigator (email: edgem [at] usc [dot] edu). Doc is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at USC, in the Quantitative and Computational Biology section (QCB). His research group develops statistical methods and mathematical models in evolutionary genetics, with a particular focus on the intersections of evolutionary genetics with medical and forensic applications. Doc’s PhD in Biology is from Stanford University, where he was advised by Noah Rosenberg. He did postdoctoral research at the University of California, Davis, with Graham Coop. Doc also holds master’s degrees in statistics and psychology from UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University. Doc wrote a coursebook in statistics for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students, Statistical Thinking from Scratch, published by Oxford University Press.


Linda Ding, graduate student. Linda is a graduate student in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBB). Prior to coming to USC, Linda completed a master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in statistics and psychology from the University of Toronto. Linda is studying statistical methods for understanding the evolution of polygenic traits using inferred ancestral recombination graphs. She also has interests in the genetics of risk for psychiatric conditions.


Obadiah Mulder, rotation student. Obadiah is a first-year PhD student in the Computational Biology and Biostatistics (CBB) program. Obadiah’s undergraduate degree was in Biology at Green Mountain College, with a focus on Bayesian analytical techniques. He is planning on doing research on biofilm interactions.


Sanjana Paye, undergraduate. Sanjana is an undergraduate (class of 2023) majoring in biochemistry and minoring in health care studies and computer programming. Sanjana is from San Diego, America’s Finest City. She is interested in medicine and wants to explore evolutionary genetics in relation to health and disease.


Dandan Peng, rotation student. Dandan is a first-year Ph.D. student in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBB). She completed a bachelor’s degree in plant protection at China Agricultural University and a master’s degree at ETH Zurich. She is interested in population stratification in genome-wide association studies (GWAS).


Judy Wang, undergraduate. Judy is an undergraduate student from Tallahassee, Florida majoring in Quantitative Biology and Communication. Judy is interested in evolution and population genetics. She is also interested in studying forensic applications of genetics, such as the CODIS markers and their properties.


Jia Yang, rotation student. Jia is a PhD student in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBB). Before coming to USC, Jia completed her dual bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Financial Engineering at Sichuan University. Jia is interested in developing algorithms in genetic privacy and evolutionary genetics.


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