Some recent projects in the Atwal lab include:
natural selection in humans.
We are combining Bayesian inference and information-theoretic
techniques to determine population structure and evidence of recent
natural selection in the human genome.
physics of population genetics.
We seek to use the language of statistical physics to provide a reduced
description of the essential features of stochastic allelic evolution.
and human infertility.
A collaborative effort has shown that some of the genes in the p53
tumor suppressor network play a role in the regulation of fertility in
mice and humans.
variation and cancer risk.
We have identified genetic differences at the single nucleotide level,
in various populations stemming from different ancestries, that are
associated with increased risk of developing tumors.