Identifying the genomic basis of human-specific traits with Cory McLean

Identifying the genomic basis of human-specific traits with Cory McLean, PhD

Cory will be talking about computational methods to identify human DNA changes that have led to the development of unique human traits.

Cory McLean, PhD, came from a purely computer science background. He began mostly theoretical CS in undergrad at MIT. Then he worked for two years in software development at Oracle after college. This was followed by attending Stanford for a CS PhD focused on computational biology, studying gene regulation within mammalian development and evolution in the lab of Gill Bejerano. He then did a postdoc at UCSF in the lab of Joseph Costello, where he worked on high-throughput sequencing data analysis and epigenetics in brain cancer. Cory is now at 23andMe, working as a computational biologist doing research in population genetics, whole genome sequencing in Parkinson's disease, and integrating microarray and sequencing data.

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  • Bruce s.

    Hi Kim,
    There's no requirement to be a member and there will certainly be ample time to pepper Cory with questions- in fact it is highly encouraged!

    April 29, 2013

  • Kim

    Hi everyone! I've just signed up for this group so I have yet to attend any events. I have the following questions:

    - Is this event specific to the BioCurious meetup group, or is it a much larger event that members of BioCurious are attending together?
    - Will there be an opportunity to ask Dr. Mclean questions after the talk?

    Thanks in advance!

    April 29, 2013

  • Bruce s.

    Hi James- This talk should be suitable for a general audience. It's one of the best examples of sequence data mining blended with biological experiments & interpretation. The work was published in Nature and was the most commented story on when it first came out.
    Cory also developed the UCSC genome browser tool GREAT for annotating noncoding DNA- otherwise known as 99.9% of our genome.

    2 · April 26, 2013

  • James W.

    Could you possibly provide more information regarding the intended audience(s)? (Lay people, bio-enthusiasts, computer programmers, etc.)

    1 · April 15, 2013

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