African Integrative Genomics: Analyses of Metabolic and Anthropometric Traits

Program: Plenary
Session: L6-1-African Integrative Genomics: Analyses of Metabolic and Anthropometric Traits
Basic
Monday, June 17, 2013: 5:55 PM-6:20 PM
Presentation Start Time: 5:55 PM
Hall D (Moscone Center)
Sarah Tishkoff*
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Talk Description:

Africa is the site of origin of modern humans, contains the greatest levels of human genetic variation, and is the source of the worldwide range expansion of modern humans outside of Africa. Differences in diet, climate, and exposure to pathogens among diverse African populations have produced distinct selection pressures, resulting in genetic adaptations, some of which play a role in disease susceptibility. We are using an integrative genomics approach to study genetic and environmental factors influencing anthropometric and metabolic traits across Africans.