Studies of admixed populations and the admixture process touch on topics central to evolutionary and molecular biology, including the dynamics of gene flow and hybridization, population expansions, and adaptation. Admixed populations have been leveraged to detect disease and phenotypic associations, elucidate mechanisms and timescales of speciation, and infer regions under selection. Acting as a natural experiment, admixed populations provide insight into unique adaptations of their parental populations, and evolutionary processes in related populations more generally. Admixture is also intimately linked with the recombination process, which shuffles segments of different ancestry, and is proven to vary in rate and location based on ancestry.
The primary goal of this satellite meeting is to emphasize the common theoretical and empirical underpinnings of the study of admixed human populations with the study of hybridization in other animals and even plants, opening up methods and study design from a specific organism to a wider audience. We hope to bridge theoretical and data-driven approaches, starting a discussion on the suitability of methods to various systems and open questions that may be better resolved using an interdisciplinary approach, as well as considering ethical concerns associated with these studies.
|Dr. Josh Akey||University of Washington|
|Maria Nieves-Colon||Arizona State University|
|Dr. Simon Gravel||McGill University|
|Dr. Alisa Sedghifar||Princeton University|
|Dr. Torsten Gunther||Uppsala University|
|Dr. Bridgett von Holdt||Princeton University|
|Dr. Laurent Frantz||University of Oxford|
|Dr. Katerina Guschanski||Uppsala University|
|Dr. Chris Gignoux||Stanford University|
|Dr. Esteban Parra||University of Toronto|
|Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan||NCBS|
|Dr. Deborah Bolnick||UT Austin|
|Dr. Andrés Moreno-Estrada||LANGEBIO, MX|
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