Kenny Lab

Research Interests

Eimear Kenny, PhD, Assistant Professor

Our research focuses on the analysis of human genetic variation to address fundamental questions in biology, medicine and anthropology. We are interested in detecting patterns of demography in genomic data to inform our inference of human evolution and history, and result in better outcomes for medical genomics. We combine population genetics theory, complex disease mapping, statistical modeling and experimentation to gain a deeper understanding of the landscape of genetic variation in global populations and its impact on function, fitness and adaptation. A detailed description of current projects can be found here.

Highlighted Publications

Kenny EE*, Timpson N*, Sikora M, Yee MC, Moreno AE, Stoneking M, Bustamante CD and Myles S (2012) Melanesian blond hair caused by a radical amino acid change in TYRP1 (2012) Science 336(6081):554 [Pubmed][Journal - Free][Media coverage]

Maples B, Gravel S, Kenny EE* and Bustamante CD*. RFMix: A Discriminative Modeling Approach for Rapid and Robust Local-Ancestry Inference. (2013) Am J Hum Genet. (13)00289-9 [PubMed][Journal]

McVean and the 1000 Genomes Project Consortium An integrated map of genetic variation from 1,092 human genomes. (2012) Nature 491(7422):56-65 [PubMed][Journal - Free][Media coverage]

A complete list of publications is here.