Honors and Awards at ASHG

Posted On: October 17, 2019

It was a great year for Penn Genetics at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting, which hosts over 9,000 geneticists from 80 countries to discuss the latest genetics and genomics research. Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor, Sarah Tishkoff, was honored with the 2019 Curt Stern Award for her significant contributions to African population history and genomic imprint. This esteemed award recognizes an outstanding pioneering human geneticist during the last 10 years of their work. Additionally, two trainees were awarded the Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research: Joseph Park, graduate student co-mentored by Marylyn Ritchie and Dan Rader, and Diana Cousminer, postdoc in Struan Grant and Benjamin Voight’s lab. Blair Zhang, also a graduate student in Marylyn Ritchie’s lab, was a semifinalist for the award. On top of that, Minal Caliskan, a former postdoc in Casey Brown’s lab, received an award for her paper exploring the genes & regulatory mechanisms that govern gene expression in the human liver. We are extremely proud of them for their well-deserved recognition and to everyone who attended on behalf of Penn Genetics.