Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Mathieson Lab

People

We have several fully-funded postdoctoral positions available. Please contact Iain if you are interested.

PhD students can join the lab through several programs, mainly Genetics and Epigenetics, Genomics and Computational Biology, or Applied Math and Computational Science

Undergraduate students who are interested thesis projects (e.g. BIOL399) or paid research assistantships should send a CV and transcript to Iain, with a brief description of the areas you might be interested in.

Iain Mathieson

Iain Mathieson
Assistant professor of genetics
 mathi@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

As well as the other projects in the lab, Iain is developing methods for inference of demography and selection from ancient DNA, and for the interpretation of genome-wide association studies


Laura Colbran

Laura Colbran
Postdoctoral Researcher
 Laura.Colbran@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Laura is working to better understand the evolution of gene regulation and mechanisms of selection on complex traits, such as skin pigmentation.


Samantha L. Cox

Samantha L. Cox
Postdoctoral Researcher

Trained in physical anthropology, Sam is working to understand the evolution of anthropometric traits in humans, using morphological data, genome-wide association studies and ancient DNA. 


Arslan Zaidi

Arslan Zaidi
Postdoctoral Researcher
 Arslan.Zaidi@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Arslan is investigating the phenotypic effects of mitochondrial incompatibility and the confounding effects of population structure in very large association studies. Read more on his website


Dan Ju

Dan Ju
PhD Student
 danju@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Co-advised by Sarah Tishkoff, Dan is using both ancient and modern DNA to understand the processes that drove the evolution of complex traits, including skin pigmentation and stature, throughout human history. 


Alumni 

B├írbara D. Bitarello : Postdoc (2018-2021). Now assistant professor of biology at Bryn Mawr College. 

Anova Sahoo '20: Undergraduate researcher (2020). 

Nina Tansey '22: Undergraduate researcher (2021).