Dan Ju

Dan Ju

PhD Student
Genetics and Epigenetics

Research Interest

Genetic architecture of complex traits, human demographic history, selection, polygenic risk scores, GWAS


Expected 2023

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Gennetics and Epigenetics
Advisors: Dr. Ian Mathieson and Dr. Sarah Tishkoff

May 2017

B.A. Johns Hopkins University
Major in Behavioral Biology with honors, minor in Music
Dean’s List: Fall 2013-2017

Research Experience

2017 – 2018

PhD Lab Rotations, University of Pennsylvania
Kamberov Lab - Analyzed single nucleus RNA-seq data to characterize the heterogeneity of cell populations in skin tissue from mice
Tishkoff Lab – Studied replication of genes and SNPs from GWAS of European populations and African populations
Mathieson Lab - Examined the contributions of selection and demographic change to modern European pigmentation variation using ancient

2015 – 2017

Research Associate, Cancer Epidemiology Program
University of Hawaii Cancer Center, Advisor: Dr. Gertraud Maskarinec
Identified breast cancer risk factors associated with elevated mammographic density in participants of the Multiethnic cohort

2014 - 2017

Research Assistant, Comparative Neural Systems and Behavior Lab
Johns Hopkins University, Advisor: Dr. Cynthia F. Moss
Investigated the coordination of bat facial movements with biosonar production

Publications and Presentations

Ju D*, Hui D*, Hammond DA, Wonkam A, Tishkoff SA. Importance of Including Non-European Populations in Large Human Genetic Studies to Enhance Precision Medicine. Annual Review of Biomedical Data Science, 5(1):321-339, 2022 Aug.

Maskarinec G, Ju D, Shvetsov YB, Horio D, Chan O, Loo LMW, Hernandez BY. Breast tumor tissue inflammation but not lobular involution is associated with survival among breast cancer patients in the Multiethnic Cohort. Cancer Epidemiology, 65:101685, 2020 April.

Maskarinec G, Ciba M, Ju D, Shepherd JA, Ernst T, Wu AH, Monroe KR, Lim U, Wilkens LR, Marchand LL. Association of Imaging-Based Body Fat Distribution and Mammographic Density in the Multiethnic Cohort Adiposity Phenotype Study. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, 29(2):352-358, 2020 Feb.

Maskarinec G, Ju D, Fong J, Horio D, Chan O, Loo LMW, Hernandez BY. Mammographic density and breast tissue expression of inflammatory markers, growth factors, and vimentin. BMC Cancer, 18(1):1191, 2018 Nov.

Maskarinec G, Ju D, Morimoto Y, Franke AA, Stanczyk FZ. Soy Food Intake and Biomarkers of Breast Cancer Risk: Possible Difference in Asian Women? Nutrition and Cancer, 69(1):146-53, 2017 Jan.

Maskarinec G, Ju D, Horio D, Loo LMW, Hernandez BY. Involution of Breast Tissue and Mammographic Density. Breast Cancer Research, 18:128, 2016 Dec.

Ju D, Maskarinec G. Cocoa - Past Medicinal Uses, Current Scientific Evidence, and Advertised Health Benefits. In: Watson RR, Preedy VR (Editors). Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs: Bioactive Foods in Health Promotion. Elsevier Inc, Philadelphia, PA, 2016.


Ju D, Mathieson I. The evolution of skin pigmentation associated variation in West Eurasia. Talk given at New York Area Population Genomics. 2020 July 23; New York City, NY.

Ju D, Mathieson I. The evolution of skin pigmentation associated variation in West Eurasia. Talk given at Evolution in Philadelphia Conference. 2019 September 14; Philadelphia, PA.


Ju D, Mathieson I. The evolution of pigmentation-associated variants in Europe. Poster presented at Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution 2019. 2019 July 23; Manchester, England.

Ju D, Mathieson I. Tracing the evolution of pigmentation-associated variants in Europe. Poster presented at the 68th Annual Meeting of The American Society of Human Genetics. 2018 Oct 17; San Diego, CA.

Ju D, Macias S, Sterbing-D’Angelo S, Moss C. Noseleaf dynamics and sensorimotor control in bat echolocation. Poster presented at DREAMS Undergraduate Research Day. 2017 Apr 21; Baltimore, MD.

Awards & Grants

Aug. 2021 – 2022

F31 Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

August 2020

American Society of Human Genetics Reviewers’ Choice Abstract

June 2019 – July 2021

NIH T32 Predoctoral Training Grant in Genetics
University of Pennsylvania

April 2019

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention

May 2018

Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics Scholarship
University of Washington