Training in Statistical Genetics with Dr. Wijsman
Trainees in the area of statistical genetics interact with students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty from a variety of departments. Applied projects include faculty from the departments of Medicine, Genome Sciences, Neurology, Education, Psychology, Pathology, Epidemiology, Pharmacology and Environmental Health, as well as from other institutions including the VA Medical Center and the Fred Hutchinson Research Center. Methodological projects include faculty from the departments of Statistics, Biostatistics, and Genome Sciences. Fellows and students are encouraged to participate regularly in BIOST 581, a weekly discussion of current projects and journal articles.
A series in statistical genetics is offered as a graduate-level core series in the departments of Statistics and Biostatistics (STAT/BIOSTAT 550, 551, 552). The firt quarter course is taught by Elizabeth Thompson, or Vladimir Minin, the second course is taught by Bruce Weir or Timothy Thornton, and the third course is taught by Ellen Wijsman. The general topics in the three courses are discrete models (spring), quantitative models (fall), and design and analysis (winter, alternate years). A web site is here.
Life in the Pacific Northwest has, as one of its amenities, wonderful access to outdoor activities. To see some photos, go to the photo gallery at the Washington Trails Association web site here.Please note: the statistical genetics laboratory is a dry (computational) laboratory. Prospective applicants who want to do wet laboratory work should apply elsewhere.
Prospective Undergraduate StudentsLearning to research takes time and dedication. There are also certain skills needed before you can do the work. Because of both of these issues, I only rarely am willing to take an upper-level undergraduate into my group, and then only when we have a mutual agreement about what the experience will entail. I also will only consider undergraduate students who are already registered at the University of Washington.
Please do not expect a response if you are emailing from outside the US and are looking for a summer internship!
Prospective Graduate Students
Prospective graduate students should apply directly to the Department of Biostatistics or to the Department of Genome Sciences. The Division of Medical Genetics does not have a graduate program, but does train postdoctoral fellows.
Prospective Postdoctoral Fellows
Prospective Postdoctoral Fellows should contact Dr. Wijsman directly by email. Positions may be available on any currently funded project, depending on current funding and staffing constraints. Applicants will be considered at any time. In some cases, training grant support may be available to U.S. residents.
Applicants who wish to train with Dr. Wijsman should have graduate training in one of the following areas: population genetics, quantitative genetics, plant or animal breeding, statistical genetics, theoretical evolutionary biology, biometrics, statistics, biostatistics, mathematics, or computer science. Alternative previous training paths will be considered, but an applicant whos background does not include substantial training in quantitative methods will not ordinarily be considered.
Please note: we run only a dry (computational) laboratory. If you want to work in a group that does laboratory work, you should look elsewhere.