Princeton University, USA
Joshua M. Akey is a Professor in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University. He received a B.S. degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Texas-Houston. His research focuses on understanding the evolutionary forces that have shaped patterns of human genomic diversity and the genetic architecture of complex phenotypes. He has received a number of awards for his research including the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Computational Molecular Biology and the William King Medal for his work in archaic hominin genetics.
University of Washington, USA
Sharon Browning is a Research Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research focuses on the development of computationally efficient methods for analysis of large-scale genetic data, with a particular emphasis on modelling linkage disequilibrium correlation along the genome. She has developed methods for haplotype phasing, genotype imputation, rare variant gene-aggregation association testing, detection of segments of identity by descent, estimation of recent effective population sizes, and inferring segments of archaic introgression.