Professor, UC Berkeley, USA

Dr. Nielsen received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1998, did postdoctoral research at Harvard University 1998-2000, and has since held faculty positions at Cornell University, University of Copenhagen, and UC Berkeley.  He is currently Professor of Integrative Biology and Professor of Statistics at UC Berkeley and holds the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Endowed Chair of Computational Biology.  Dr. Nielsen’s research is on statistical and population genetic analyses of genomic data, in particular methods for detecting natural selection, describing population genetic variation, inferring demography, and methods for association mapping. Much of his current research concerns statistical analysis of next-generation sequencing data, both in the context of medical genetics and population genetics. Many of the methods he has developed are heavily used by other researchers, including the phylogeny based methods for detecting positive selection implemented in PAML, the methods for inferring demographic histories implemented in the IM and IMa programs, the method for detecting selective sweeps implemented in SweepFinder, and the methods for analysing Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data implemented in ANGSD.