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8th Human Genetics in NYC Conference


8th Human Genetics in NYC Conference


October 29, 2019American Museum of Natural History

LeFrak Theater Central Park West at 79th St, New York, NY 10024 



Keynote Speaker:

David Reich, PhD, Harvard University 

Conference Leaders/Moderators:

George Amato, PhD, American Museum of Natural History

Jean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PhD, Rockefeller University & HHMI

Bruce D. Gelb, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

David Goldstein, PhD, Columbia University

Cheryl Y. Hayashi, PhD, American Museum of Natural History


Conference Schedule:

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:45 am

IntroductionsJean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PhDRockefeller University & HHMICheryl Hayashi, PhDSackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural HistoryMichael Novacek, PhDSenior Vice President and Provost of Science, American Museum of Natural History

8:45 am - 9:45 am

Session 1: Keynote Seminar Moderator: David Goldstein, PhD


David Reich, PhDHarvard UniversityAncient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

9:45 am - 10:15 am


10:15 am - 11:35 am

Session 2: Contributed Presentations in Medical Genomics Moderator: Bruce Gelb, MD

10:15 am - 10:35 am

Orrin Devinsky, MDNew York UniversityMolecular basis of epilepsies

10:35 am - 10:55 am

Andrew Allen, PhDDuke UniversityUsing standing variation to assess pathogenicity

10:55 am - 11:15 am

Christopher Park, PhDFlatiron Institute, Simons FoundationWhole-genome analysis identifies contribution of noncoding mutations to autism risk

11:15 am - 11:35 am

Joseph Buxbaum, PhDIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiGenetics of autism

11:35 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch and Posters in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life

1:00 pm - 2:40 pm

Session 3: Contributed Presentations in Evolution and Population Genomics, Part IModerator: Susan Perkins, PhD, American Museum of Natural History

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Robert Burk, MDAlbert Einstein College of MedicineHuman papillomavirus evolution and carcinogenesis

  1:20 pm - 1:40 pm

Bluma Lesch, MD, PhDYale School of MedicineEvolution of epigenetic poising in the mammalian germ line

1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

Ward Wheeler, PhDAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryComparative approaches to the study of human cancer

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

William R. Jacobs, Jr., PhDAlbert Einstein College of MedicinePersistence: Epigenetic adaption of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to the human hosts

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

Erich Jarvis, PhDRockefeller University & HHMIThe genetics of vocal learning and spoken language

2:40 pm - 3:15 pm


3:15 pm - 3:55 pm

Session 4: Contributed presentations in Evolutionary and Population Genomics, Part IIModerator: George Amato, PhD

3:15 pm - 3:35 pm 

Christina Bergey, PhDRutgers University & Penn State UniversityConvergent evolution in African and Asian hunter-gatherers with short stature

3:35 pm - 3:55 pm

Christopher Mason, PhDWeill Cornell MedicineLessons from a year in space: multi-omic dynamics and plans for Mars


  4:00 pm - 5:20pm

Session 5: Panel Discussion on How to Discuss Human Genetic Variation in the Age of GenomicsModerator: Cheryl Hayashi, PhD


Panelists: 1. Noura Abul-Husn, MD, PhD                      Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai                  2. Emily Groopman, PhD                      Columbia University                  3. Pamela Sankar, PhD                      University of Pennsylvania                  4. Connie Westhoff, SBB, PhD                      New York Blood Center                 

  5:20 pm – 5:30pm

Closing RemarksJean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PhD & Cheryl Hayashi, PhD

Ticket Information Ticket Price
General Admission Free
Lunch Add-On USD 10

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