Group Members


Alon Keinan Principal Investigator

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Statistics & Computational Biology
and Cornell Center for Comparative and Population Genomics

Curriculum Vitae

Alon Keinan studies how human genetic variation has arisen from evolutionary history. His research focuses on elucidating the history of modern human populations and on developing computational methods for searching for genes important in human biology. With a background in computer science and statistics, Keinan develops theoretical tools and applies them to genomic data sets, bridging theoretical population genetics and empirical studies.



Kaixiong Ye Postdoc  | Biological Statistics and Computational Biology

Kaixiong is in general interested in Human Population Genomics and Functional Genomics. His research is trying to understand the role of functional genetic variants, especially regulatory variants, in both human evolution and health. 







Alexandre Lussier Postdoc  | Biological Statistics and Computational Biology

Alex joined the group in January 2018 after completing his PhD at the University of British Columbia. He is interested in Statistical and Population Genomics, as well as the integration of multi-omic datasets. His research currrently focuses on the role of X-chromosome variation in human health and disease. 





Lauren Lo Programmer | Computer Science

Lauren’s research interests include statistical and computational approaches to large-scale disease analysis, X chromosome association studies, and software development. 









Rosa Ma Undergraduate Researcher | Biological Sciences

Rosa is interested in understanding the variations of pseudoautosomal region 1 (PAR1) in the human populations. 









David Wang Undergraduate Researcher | Computer Science & Biological Sciences

David is interested in computational methods for the analysis of population genetic data in the context of evolution and human health.








Alex Marburgh Undergraduate Research Support | Biomedical Engineering



Verlandy Michel Undergraduate Research Support | Policy Analysis and Management



Yishay Pinto Incoming Postdoc (July 2018) | Biological Statistics and Computational Biology



Runxi Shen Rotation Graduate Student | Computational Biology



Weilin Xu Rotation Graduate Student |  Genetics, Genomics & Development



Previous Members


Leonardo Arbiza  Research Associate  | Biological Statistics and Computational Biology

Leo's research interests include: molecular evolution, the causes and implications of its heterogeneous nature in genomes and populations, human demography, and natural selection.







Feng Gao  Graduate Student | Computational Biology

Feng's research interests include demographic history modeling, association and interaction studies of autosomes and X chromosomes, and software development.





Edward Li Undergraduate Researcher | Computer Science

Edward is interested in the effects of multinucleotide mutation, population genetics in general, and software development.






Andrea Slavney Graduate Student | Genetics, Genomics & Development

Andrea is interested in the dynamics and history of X chromosome evolution, and human evolution in general.







Yuhuan Qiu Undergraduate Researcher | Computer Science

Yuhuan is interested in X chromosome association analysis and software development.








Liang Zhang Undergraduate Researcher  | Biometry & Statistics, Information Science

Liang is interested statistical data mining, chromsome X-Wide association analysis, and software development.








First Name Last Name Previous Position in Lab Dates New Affiliation
Yedael  Waldman Postdoc 2014-2016

Computational Biologist



Madar Research Advisor 2013-2016

Investigator II

Novartis, Cambridge, MA

Yingjie Guo Visiting Researcher 2014-2016

Graduate School

Harbin Institute of Technology

Arjun Biddanda Undergraduate Researcher 2013-2015

Graduate school

University of Chicago

Zilu Zhou Undergraduate Researcher 2014-2015

Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania

Aaron Sams Postdoc 2013-2015

Postdoc with Philipp Messer

Cornell University

Diana Chang Graduate Student 2010-2014

Associate Scientist



Gazave Postdoc 2010-2013

Postdoc with Michael Gore

Cornell University

Ran Blekhman Postdoc 2010-2013

Tenure-track assistant professor

University of Minnesota

Li Ma Postdoc 2010-2013

Tenure-track assistant professor

University of Maryland

Elaine Zhong Undergraduate Researcher 2011

Medical school

Columbia University

Srikanth Gottipati Programmer / Bioinformatics 2009-2012

Postdoc with Andrew Clark

Cornell University









Rosa Ma Undergraduate Researcher | Biological Sciences