The Nielsen Lab hosted the Fall 2022 Bay Area Population Genomics (BAPG) conference at UC Berkeley. PhD students Yun and Andrew served as organizers and emcees. It was a day full of science and great food. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible, including our speakers, poster presenters, and our corporate sponsors Ancestry, Variant Bio, D2G Oncology, and Personalis. (And thank you to Maya and Stacy Li from the Sudmant Lab for the great pictures!)

Lab members Debora Brandt and Emma Steigerwald, with a team of interdisciplinary collaborators, published a piece on how advances in neural machine translation systems can transform the way science is communicated– from a currently very English-centric hub to a multilingual network– and why this shift is such an important one to support! They share concrete actions individuals and institutions can take to contribute. You can find the paper “Overcoming Language Barriers in Academia” under the Papers tab.

We had a lovely BBQ with Nielsen Lab members and friends at the San Leandro Marina Park. We will definitely miss Hongru’s delicious lamb skewers!

Several members of the Nielsen Lab attended the Evolution 2022 conference in Cleveland from June 24-28. It was a week packed with great science (and a bit of baseball too). Thank you to the American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society of Systematic Biologists for putting this conference together. We’re already looking forward to next year!

As part of the UC MEXUS (University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States) program, lab members Andrew and Diana traveled to the Laboratorio Internacional de Investigación sobre el Genoma Humano (LIIGH) at the UNAM campus in Juriquilla, Mexico. It was a great opportunity to chat with collaborators, present on our research projects, and discuss all the great research happening at LIIGH. A big thank you to Diego Ortega del Vecchyo and his lab for hosting us!

Our very own Rasmus Nielsen has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences! This is an outstanding acheivement that speaks to all of the great research he has done over the years. The lab took some time to celebrate on the north lawn of VLSB with our friends from the Sudmant Lab.

Postdoc Hongru and PhD Students Andrew, Diana, and Yun traveled to Stanford this past weekend to attend the Bay Area Population Genomics (BAPG) conference. It was a great opportunity to hear about all the awesome science going on in the Bay! The Nielsen Lab is looking forward to hosting the next BAPG conference in Berkeley!

Congrats to postdoc Lenore Pipes on getting her NIH K99 application funded!