NYU will host Sarah Tishkoff, a University of Pennsylvania professor, for its annual Darwin Lecture, “Inference of Human Evolutionary History in Africa from Genomic Analyses,” on Friday, March 4.

The University of Pennsylvania's Sarah Tishkoff
New York University will host Sarah Tishkoff, above, a University of Pennsylvania professor, for its annual Darwin Lecture, “Inference of Human Evolutionary History in Africa from Genomic Analyses,” on Friday, March 4.

New York University will host Sarah Tishkoff, a University of Pennsylvania professor, for its annual Darwin Lecture, “Inference of Human Evolutionary History in Africa from Genomic Analyses,” on Friday, March 4, 4 p.m. at NYU’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB) Auditorium (12 Waverly Place, betw. Greene and Mercer Sts.).

Tishkoff, who studies genomic and phenotypic variation in ethnically diverse Africans, combines field work, laboratory research, and computational methods to examine how genetic variation can affect a wide range of issues, such as why humans have different susceptibility to disease, how they metabolize drugs, and how they adapt through evolution.

The lecture, hosted by NYU’s Department of Biology and co-sponsored with the university’s Dean for Science, is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, email biology@nyu.edu or call 212.998.8209. Subways: N/R [8th St.], 6 [Astor Pl.])

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