8th Human Genetics in NYC Conference

October 29, 2019

October 29, 2019

8:00 am To 5:30 pm

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



Event Description



October 29, 2019

American 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

Jean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PhD
Investigator, HHMI & Professor, The Rockefeller University
Cheryl Hayashi, PhD
Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural History

8:45 am – 9:45 am

Session 1: Keynote Seminar
Moderator: David Goldstein, PhD


David Reich, PhD
Harvard University
Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

9:45 am – 10:15 am

Break and Posters

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, MD
New York University
Molecular basis of epilepsies

10:35 am – 10:55 am

Andrew Allen, PhD
Duke University
Using standing variation to assess pathogenicity

10:55 am – 11:15 am

Christopher Park, PhD
Flatiron Institute, Simons Foundation
Whole-genome analysis identifies contribution of noncoding mutations to autism risk

11:15 am – 11:35 am

Joseph Buxbaum, PhD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Genetics 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 I
Moderator: Susan Perkins, PhD, American Museum of Natural History

1:00 pm – 1:20 pm

Robert Burk, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Human papillomavirus evolution and carcinogenesis

 1:20 pm – 1:40 pm

Bluma Lesch, MD, PhD
Yale School of Medicine
Evolution of epigenetic poising in the mammalian germ line

1:40 pm – 2:00 pm

Ward Wheeler, PhD
American Museum of Natural History
Evolutionary studies of pancreatic cancer

2:00 pm – 2:20 pm

William R. Jacobs, Jr., PhD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Adaptation of Mycobacteria to human hosts

2:20 pm – 2:40 pm

Erich Jarvis, PhD
Rockefeller University & HHMI
The genetics of vocal learning and spoken language

2:40 pm – 3:15 pm

Breaks and Posters

3:15 pm – 3:55 pm

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

3:15 pm – 3:35 pm 

Christina Bergey, PhD
Rutgers University & Penn State University
Convergent evolution in African and Asian hunter-gatherers with short stature

3:35 pm – 3:55 pm

Christopher Mason, PhD
Weill Cornell Medicine
Lessons 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 Genomics
Moderator: Cheryl Hayashi, PhD


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

 5:20 pm – 5:30pm

Closing Remarks
Jean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PhD & Cheryl Hayashi, PhD


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