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November 2021 (Paper published): Application Note published in Bioinformatics. The application note describes a new method for inferring IBD sharing along the genome of a pair of individuals from low-depth NGS data it was the results of a great visit from Alissa Severson who during her PhD at Stanford visited my lab fall/winter 2019. Congrats Alissa and thanks for visiting! ūüôā The application note can be found here and the program is available here.¬†

October 2021 (Paper published): Paper published in Science Advances with Eske Willerslev, Thorfinn Sand Korneliussen, Andaine Seguin-Orlando, Ernie Lapointe, Victor Moreno Mayar and Bill Billeck. The study is an analysis of DNA from the late Lakota Sioux leader Sitting Bull. You can find the paper here.

May 2021 (Paper¬†published):¬†Paper published in Current Biology with Ryan Waples (previous postdoc in the lab) and Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann as co-first authors. The study focuses on the origin and timing of the European genetic ancestry in the Greenlandic population and was a great collaboration between researchers in Denmark and Greenland and researchers from several fields including geneticists and historians. Thanks a lot to all the Greenlanders who participated! And also a huge thanks to all the Greenlanders who showed up to our outreach talks who inspired which questions we asked in the study and who asked great questions! ūüôā You can find the paper here. ¬†¬†

May 2021 (Paper published): Paper on a new software tool published. The tool allows estimation of relatedness between admixed individuals from low depth NGS data. The paper can be found here. 

April 2021 (Paper¬†published):¬†Paper on PTSD published in Psychiatry Research with my PhD student Anne Krogh N√łhr (I am her co-advisor).¬†You can find the paper here.

April 2021 (Paper¬†published):¬†Paper on Major Depression Disorder published in Neuropsychopharmacology¬†with my PhD student Anne Krogh N√łhr (I am her co-advisor).¬†You can find the paper here. ¬†¬†

March 2021 (New “member” of the lab):¬†I gave birth to a cute little baby girl and will be on maternity leave for a while ūüôā¬†

February 2021 (Paper¬†published):¬†Paper published in Current Biology which was the result of a joint project across 4 labs as a “COVID-19 lockdown” -project. Basically,¬†¬†the lockdown made it hard for the lab to function optimally and to prevent people sitting too much alone with each their project my group and the groups of Anders Albrechtsen, Rasmus Heller and Hans Siegismund joined forces and made a true group project, where everyone helped everyone (via zoom). Most of the people in our four labs contributed to the projects to some extent and this made the lockdown period much more fun and productive. We are super proud of the resulting paper, which can be found here. And congrats to Xiaodong and Cindy from my lab who are both co-first authors on the paper ūüôā¬†

December 2020 (Grant received): I was fortunate to be receive a Carlsberg Foundation Young Researcher Fellowship to study mammals in Greenland using genetics. I am looking very much forward to doing this project called Genome Greenland in collaboration with several others including Katrine Raundrup from Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Niels Martin Schmidt from Aarhus University and Hans Siegismund from University of Copenhagen. For a bit more about the project see here. Thanks a lot to the Carlsberg Foundation for making this project possible! 

September 2020 (Postdoc¬†leaving for new job):¬†Ryan Waples, who has been in the lab for around 4 years – first as a PhD student and then a postdoc – is moving to Seattle to join the Browning lab. Looking forward to following your work in the future Ryan! ūüôā

September 2020 (lockdown project submitted): The lockdown made it hard for the lab to function optimally and to prevent people sitting too much alone with each their project my group and the groups of Anders Albrechtsen, Rasmus Heller and Hans Siegismund joined forces and made a true group project, where everyone helped everyone (via zoom). Most of the people in our four labs contributed to the projects to some extent and this made the lockdown period much more fun and productive. In fact, I am proud to say that a paper about our results have just been submitted and sent to review!

June-July 2020 (Summer seminar series):¬†Since our summer course got cancelled we (Anders Albrechtsen, Fernando Racimo and I) have decided to organize a short online seminar series instead ūüôā More information can be found here: http://popgen.dk/epic/

May, 2020 (Summer course cancelled):¬†Our yearly summer course in population genetics has been cancelled ūüė¶ However, we have been guaranteed funding for next year already so we plan to organise the course again next year!

February, 2020 (New postdoc):¬†Liam Quinn joined my lab as a postdoc right after finishing his PhD at UCL with Simon Mead and Garrett Hellenthal. He will be working on analysing data from PNG related to an epidemic of kuru (a prion disease). Welcome to the lab Liam! ūüôā

January, 2020 (New postdoc): Xiaodong Liu¬†joined my lab as a postdoc. He will be working on our Villum project and will be looking at samples from before and after the second Plague epidemic. Welcome to the lab Xiaodong! ūüôā

December 11, 2019 (Promotion): I had my final appraisal for tenure and passed! ūüôā So now all that is left before I am officially an associate professor is paper work. Hopefully it wont take long… Thanks a lot to all the people who spent time on evaluating me! Especially Mikkel Schierup and Tomas Marques-Bonet who were on my assessment committee during my entire tenure track and who attended my final appraisal talk. But also Molly Przeworski, Trine Bilde and Andy Clark who spent time making written assessments of me.

December 3, 2019 (Outreach event): Aviaja Lyberth-Hauptmann, Inge Seiding and Ryan Waples and I organized an outreach event in beautiful and snowy Nuuk at the Greenland National Museum (Nunatta Katersugaasivia Allagaateqarfialu) about our not yet published results from a study of where the European ancestors of the Greenlanders are from. Thanks a lot to all the people at the museum who helped make this event possible! Also, thanks the Greenland Science week for including our event on their program. And last but not least, thanks to all the many people who participated and asked lots of great questions!

November 20th, 2019 (Invited talk): I gave an invited talk at Australian Academy of Science’s¬†Genomes and Biodiversity Research and Career Development Workshop in Sydney. Thanks a lot to the organising committee for inviting me!

September, 2019 (Book published): Together with my co-editors David Balding and John Marioni, I am happy to announce that the 4th edition of the Handbook of Statistical Genomics is now available (e-version, print copies from Sep 6). It’s a long gap since the 3rd edition and over 75% of the new edition is new material. You can find the book here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781119487845. Thanks to all the many great authors who contributed!!

August, 2019 (PhD student visiting):¬†PhD student Alissa Severson is visiting from Noah Rosenberg’s lab until December. Welcome to Copenhagen! ūüôā

July 29-August 2, 2019 (PhD summer course): I co-organized our yearly international summer course in population and medical genetics (see popgen.dk/popgen19) with students from many parts of the world. The course was full as usual and went well. Thanks to Matteo Fumagalli, Kelley Harris, Benjamin Peter, Line Skotte, Fernando Racimo  (co-organizer) and Anders Albrechtsen (co-organizer) for contributing to teaching this year!

June 15, 2019 (New postdoc in the group):¬†Cindy Santander joined my lab as a postdoc. She will be working on our ERC project about selection driven by epidemics. Welcome Cindy – I am looking very much forward to working with you ūüôā

June 14, 2019 (PhD student graduated): I am very proud to announce that Ryan successfully defended his thesis . Many thanks to John Novembre, Thomas Bataillon and Tom Gilbert for taking time to assess the thesis!

May 5, 2019 (Paper published): Paper published in GigaScience. Congrats to Kristian Hangh√łj who is the first author on the paper. You can find the paper here: https://academic.oup.com/gigascience/article/8/5/giz034/5481763

March 31 2019 (Invited talk):¬†I was invited to give a talk at the EMBO|EMBL Symposium “Reconstructing to human past – using ancient and modern genomics” in Heidelberg. The symposium was really great – thanks a lot for the invitation!

February, 2019 (Paper accepted): Paper accepted in Genetic Epidemiology. Congrats to Line Skotte and Emil j√łrsboe who are joint first authors on it! ūüôā You can find the preprint for the paper here: ¬†https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/014001v4

January, 2019 (Paper published): Paper published in Molecular Ecology. Congrats to Ryan Waples who is the first author! ūüôā You can find the paper here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/mec.14954¬†

November, 2018 (Postdoc position open in the lab): Thanks to the ERC grant I recently got awarded I have a postdoc position open in my lab. For details please see the ad here: goo.gl/ea1V45. Please feel free to write if you have any questions about the position!

November, 2018 (New paper in Nature Communications):¬†Ryan Waples, my PhD student, and I just got a paper published in Nature Communications. The study was led by Ele Zeggini from Helmholtz Zentrum M√ľnchen¬†and was a great collaboration with her lab. Here is a link to the paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-07070-8.

October, 2018 (New paper accepted): Ryan Waples, my PhD student, just got a paper accepted in Molecular Ecology : ) Congrats Ryan!

August 6-August 10, 2018 (PhD summer course): I co-organized our yearly international summer course in population and medical genetics (see popgen.dk/popgen18) with students from many parts of the world. The course was entirely full and went well. Thanks to Matteo Fumagalli, Fernando Racimo, Doug Speed, Emilia Huerta Sánchez, Benjamin Peter, Line Skotte and Anders Albrechtsen (co-organizer) for contributing to teaching this year!

August, 2018 (Grant received): I am very proud to announce that I have been awarded an ERC starting grant!

January, 23 2018 (Grant received): I am proud to announce that I have been awarded a Villum Young Investigator Grant! Many thanks to the Villum Foundation for the grant and an amazing award ceremony!

January 8, 2018 (New paper in Nature Genetics): I am joint first author on a new paper that just got published in Nature Genetics: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41588-017-0022-7. The paper shows the presence of a loss-of-function mutation in the gene ADCY3 in Greenland which increases risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. It is published along side two other papers that also shed light on the role of ADCY3 in obesity (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41588-017-0020-9 and https://www.nature.com/articles/s41588-017-0023-6).

November 22, 2017 (Talk at Vin&Videnskab): I was invited to give a talk as a part of the public seminar series called Vin&Videnskab (Wine&Science) organized by The Natural History Museum of Denmark. I was invited together with 5 other members from Det Unge Akademi (The Young Academy). The event had the title Fremtidens Frontforskere (The future front scientists) and it was sold out within an hour! So to be honest I was a bit nervous…However it was a great night with an amazing audience : ) And it was fun and very interesting to hear the other five talks. Many thanks to Mogens Trolle for inviting us and for organising the event.

November 4, 2017 (Co-organizer of public meeting in Nuuk): I helped organize a meeting for the citizens of Nuuk (and live-streamed on youtube so people in other parts of Greenland could also follow the meeting). The purpose of the meeting was to inform about some of the results that our research about the Greenlandic population has lead to so far and give people a chance to ask questions and discuss the results. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

November 3, 2017 (Talk at Gr√łnlandsmedicinsk Selskab in Nuuk): I was invited to give a talk in Nuuk organized by Gr√łnlandsmedicinsk Selskab. The talk took place in the new amazing buildings of Greenland Institute for Natural Resources. Thanks a lot for the invitation!

September 17-20, 2017 (Co-organizer of probgen17): I helped Thomas Bataillon and Mikkel Schierup organize the scientific program for the conference Probgen17 at Moesgaard Museum/Aarhus University, for details see http://conferences.au.dk/probgen17/. Thanks to all the participants for making it a great meeting!

August 21-August 25, 2017 (PhD summer course): I co-organized our yearly international summer course in population and medical genetics (see popgen.dk/popgen17) with students from many parts of the world. The course was entirely full and went well. Thanks to Matteo Fumagalli, Fernando Racimo, Mikkel Schierup, Bjarni Vilhjalmsson, Thorfinn Sand Korneliussen, Line Skotte and Anders Albrechtsen (co-organizer) for contributing to teaching this year!

June 27, 2017 (paper F1000Prime Recommended): Our paper on genetic load in Greenlandic Inuit that was published in Genetics in February has been recommended in F1000Prime as being of special significance in its field. For details click here:  Access the recommendation on F1000Prime

February 1, 2017 (new paper in Genetics): I am co-corresponding author on a new paper on genetic load in Greenlandic Inuit that was just published in Genetics: http://www.genetics.org/content/205/2/787. It was also mentioned by Genetics in their issue highlights: http://www.genetics.org/content/205/2/NP. Congrats to Casper who is the first author of the paper. And thanks to all collaborators for a great collaboration!

September 21, 2016 (new paper in Nature): I performed some of the analyses in this project about Aboriginal Australia that was just published in Nature: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature18299.html. Congrats to Anna  (the first author on the paper) and all the other authors for finally getting this paper out!

September 12-14, 2016 (talk and chair): I gave an invited talk and was invited chair at a session at the meeting Probabilistic Modeling in Genetics (PROBGEN16) held at The Department of Statistics, University of Oxford (https://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/events/probgen16). Thanks to the meeting organizers for a great meeting!

August 22-August 26, 2016 (PhD summer course): I co-organized our yearly international summer course in population and medical genetics (see popgen.dk/popgen16) with students from many parts of the world. The course was entirely full and went well. Thanks to Matteo Fumagalli, Fernando Racimo, Kasper Munch, Thorfinn Sand Korneliussen, Line Skotte, Laura Rodriguez Botigue and Anders Albrechtsen (co-organizer) for contributing to teaching this year!

June 24, 2016 (new paper in PLoS Genetics): I am joint last author on a new paper about how fatty acid composition among Greenlanders. The paper got published in PLoS Genetics: http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pgen.1006119

May 31, 2016 (award): I received the L’Oreal-UNESCO FWIS award, which is each year awarded to 3 women researchers in Denmark selected by a committee mainly consisting of members from The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters:¬† https://www.royalacademy.dk/da/Arrangementer/Priser/Om-For-Women-In-Science/Pris-2016

April 28, 2016 (academy membership): I got selected to be a member of The Young Academy, an independent unit of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (for more info see here).

April 15, 2016 (new student in the lab): Ryan Waples just started as a PhD student in my lab. Welcome Ryan! : )

January 27, 2016 (paper F1000Prime Recommended): Our paper about how the Inuit ancestors of the Greenlanders have adapted genetically to life in the Arctic has been recommended in F1000Prime as being exceptional. For details click here:  Access the recommendation on F1000Prime

December 12, 2015 (new paper in Molecular Ecology): I am joint first author on a new paper about hybridization between savanna and forest elephants in Africa. The paper got published in Molecular Ecology: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/mec.13472/abstract

November, 2015 (radio interview): I was interviewed by the Danish public radio (in Danish…): https://www.dr.dk/radio/p1/videnskabens-verden/videnskabens-verden-2015-11-24.

September 18, 2015 (new paper in Science): I am joint first author on a new paper about how the Inuit ancestors of the Greenlanders have adapted genetically to life in the Arctic. The paper got published in Science:  https://www.sciencemag.org/content/349/6254/1343.abstract

August 30, 2015 (new paper in Bioinformatics):¬†Our method for estimating pairwise relatedness from NGS data was finally published¬†(the software tool has been available for quite a while).¬†YAY!¬†The paper which I’ve written with Thorfinn Sand Korneliussen is freely available to everyone here: http://bioinformatics.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/09/11/bioinformatics.btv509.long

July 21, 2015 (new paper in Science): I performed quite a few analyses for this project about the peopling of the Americas that was just published in Science: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/349/6250/aab3884. Congrats to Maanasa (the first first author on the paper) and all the other authors for finally getting this paper out!

July 13, 2015 (talk): I gave a 25 minute featured talk at SMBE.

June 18, 2015 (new paper in Nature): I made a small contribution to this really cool paper in Nature by Morten Rasmussen et al about the ancestry of the Kennewick Man: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v523/n7561/full/nature14625.html

June 12, 2015 (talk): I was invited to give a talk at Genetic Epidemiology in homogeneous populations symposium 2015 in Nantes: http://www.gehops2015.univ-nantes.fr/

April 24, 2015 (award): I was awarded a Young Investigator Award from the Scandinavian Society for the Study of Diabetes: http://www.oslodiabetes.no/2015/04/27/successful-meeting-of-the-scandinavian-society-for-the-study-of-diabetes-in-oslo-april-24-26/

February 1, 2015 (new job): I am now officially an assistant professor at the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen! : )

January 8, 2015 (new paper in AJHG): I am first author on this new paper about the demographic history of the Greenlandic population that was just published in AJHG: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0002929714004789