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February 15, 2016:
Mutation rate and sequence context model paper is now available at Nature Genetics website.

September 18, 2015:
Awarded the best poster prize at the Penn Genetics Retreat.

July 20, 2015:
Selected to give a platform talk at ASHG-2015 in Baltimore.

July 16, 2015:
Selected as a semi-finalist for the ASHG-2015 Charles J Epstein Trainee Award.

December 12, 2014:
Selected to give a presentation at the 2015 New York Area Population Genomics Meeting.

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About me

I am Varun and I am a final year doctoral candidate in the Genomics and Computational Biology graduate group at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.

I am fortunate to be advised by Prof. Ben Voight. I work in the areas of Computational Genomics/Statistical Genetics. I apply concepts from statistics, algorithms, machine learning alongwith solid biological intuition to problems in evolutionary and disease genetics.

My thesis research is aimed at (a) modeling the variability in the human mutation/substitution rate, (b) finding biological and evolutionary features that explain this variability, and (c) developing statistics/toolkits that leverage this variability in the mutation rate to find causal loci and understand biology behind different genetic disorders (both monogenic and complex diseases). For more information, please see the Research and Publications section of my website.

I am very grateful to have amazing professors like Warren Ewens, Struan Grant, Casey Brown, John Hogenesch and Suzanne Leal on my thesis committee.

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