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April 8, 2022: A collaborative paper with PGC-Schizophrenia was published in Nature! The Atkinson lab aided in the cross-ancestry GWAS analyses. View journal article.

March 29, 2022: Our preprint of systematic technical bias in DNA sequencing technologies is on bioRxiv! 

Elizabeth G. Atkinson*,  Mykyta Artomov*,  Konrad J. Karczewski, Alexander A. Loboda,  Heidi L. Rehm,  Daniel G. MacArthur,  Benjamin M. Neale,  Mark J. Daly. Discordant genotype calls across technology platforms elucidate variants with systematic errors in next-generation sequencing. bioRxiv 2021. [Online

March 24, 2022: Dr. Atkinson helped advise on journal policies for considering studies with cohorts of diverse ancestry. Read more about some publication guidelines in Communications Biology.

March 14, 2022: Grace Tietz will be spending time again in the Atkinson lab during term 4. The plants welcome you back, Grace! 

Jan. 18, 2022: Jessica Mauer is joining the lab as a visiting master's student for four months. We look forward to hearing her future recommendations for the best local Brazilian cuisine!

Jan. 14, 2022: The Atkinson lab had an informal outdoor meal to welcome Jessica to the lab (and the United States). Much pasta was consumed.

Jan. 3, 2022: The Atkinson lab is hosting Genetics & Genomics graduate student Ruu Hsu for her term 3 rotation. Welcome!

Nov. 15, 2021: Taotao Tan has joined the Atkinson lab as a Bioinformatics Analyst! We are excited to welcome Taotao to the group.

Oct. 11, 2021: Genetics and Genomics gradute students David Quispe and Grace Tietz will be rotating in the Atkinson lab for term 2. Welcome!

Sept. 27, 2021: Our NeuroMex protocol paper is published in Complex Psychiatry! Details/link in Publications tab.

Aug. 30, 2021: The Atkinson lab is hiring a postdoc and bioinformatics analyst! Candidates with training and interest in diverse population genomics or psychiatric genetics please apply directly to the relevant BCM job listing. [Postdoc listing]

July 13, 2021: The COVID-19 Host Genetics Initiative manuscript is published in Nature Genetics! Details/link in Publications tab. It's great to see the efforts of the Pan-UKB project helping include more ancestries in large-scale analyses.

June 1, 2021: Genetics and Genomics gradute student Nirav Shah has started a rotation in the Atkinson lab. Welcome Nirav!

May 23, 2021: Our ethnolinguistic analysis of the NeuroGAP pilot genotype arrays is up on bioRxiv! Check it out to learn more about the complex structure of genetics and cultural affiliations in eastern and southern africa: Atkinson EG, Dalvie S, Pichkar Y, Kalungi A, Majara L, Injera WE, et al. Genetic structure correlates with ethnolinguistic diversity in eastern and southern Africa. BioRxiv 2021. [Online]

May 5, 2021: Our review paper on methods for analyzing archaic introgression with population level datasets is published in Evolutionary Anthropology

Shyamalika Gopalan,Elizabeth G. Atkinson,Laura T. Buck,Timothy D. Weaver, Brenna M. Henn. Inferring archaic introgression from hominin genetic data. 2021. Evolutionary Anthropology, 2021.

April 24, 2021: The MAMA method paper is up on bioRxiv! Check it out to learn more about improving meta-analysis for diverse cohorts:

Turley P, Martin AR, Goldman G, Li H, Kanai M, Walters RK, et al. Multi-Ancestry Meta-Analysis yields novel genetic discoveries and ancestry-specific associations. 2021;12:26. BioRxiv 2021. [Online]

April 4, 2021: Renovations are complete in the Atkinson lab. Come check out our freshly updated lab space in Taub 619/621!

March 12, 2021: Our collaborative effort doing a pan-ancestry gene discovery effort for COVID is up on medRxiv! The COVID-19 Host Genetics Initiative. Mapping the human genetic architecture of COVID-19 by worldwide meta-analysis. 2021:2021.03.10.21252820. MedRxiv[Online]

Jan. 14, 2021: GINGER fellow Lerato Majara wrote her first first author paper, now on bioRxiv: Majara L, Kalungi A, Koen N, … Atkinson EG, Martin AR. Low generalizability of polygenic scores in African populations due to genetic and environmental diversity. BioRxiv 2021:2021.01.12.426453. [Online]

Jan. 5, 2021: Our work with the New Haven Lexinome Project is up on bioRxiv! Adams AK, Guertin EL, Truong DT, Atkinson EG, DeMille MMC, Bosson-Heenan JM, et al. Genome Wide Association Study in the New Haven Lexinome Project Identifies GARRE1 as a Novel Gene for Reading Performance. 2021. bioRxiv[Online]

June 16, 2020: The pan-ukb website is live! Stay tuned for a preprint on our work generating GWAS summary statistics for 6 global ancestry groups and over 7,200 phenotypes (+phecodes, +prescriptions). Check it out at: pan.ukbb.broadinstitute.org