Research Associates, Visiting Scientists, and Staff

Peter Underhill
Research Associate Scientist
under at stanford dot edu

Peter Underhill has worked in the Department of Genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine since 1992 in the laboratory of Dr. Luca L. Cavalli-Sforza. Dr. Underhill's research involves the molecular analysis of human DNA sequence variation in human populations. He has been doing pioneering research on human Y chromosome diversification since 1992 that has led to the development of a robust gene tree that elegantly defines numerous Y chromosome varieties with distinctive geographic localization.

The main focus of his research involves deciphering population affinity, substructure and history in contemporary populations using Y chromosome compound SNP and STR lineages. Dr. Underhill has coauthored numerous peer-reviewed publications on the subject. He received his B.S. in oceanography from California State University Humboldt, Arcata and his Ph.D. in marine studies from University of Delaware, Newark.

Francisco M. De La Vega
Visiting Scientist
francisco.delavega at stanford dot edu

The availability of human genome sequences is enabling studies in disease and evolution not possible before, and could lead to a revolution in personalized genomics. Challenges include the massive amounts of data, the complex relationships among the types of relevant data, and the need to make the data accessible from different perspectives. The variation in the DNA sequence among the billions of separate copies of extant human genomes can occasionally be of medical significance because it can alter disease susceptibility and reactions to drugs and pathogens. Aspects of the effective collection, representation, and use of high throughput genomics data in the elucidation of the etiology of common disease have been a major theme of my work. I am currently interested in the application of ultra-high throughput sequencing technologies in genetic epidemiology and population studies, aiming to identify the role of rare and structural variants in complex diseases. Focus on the study of genetic variation of populations of mixed ancestry and personal genome sequence analysis and annotation. Development of ancestry deconvolution methods, panels of ancestry informative markers, and annotations of genetic variants of medical significance and their prevalence based on ethnic groups and ancestral origin. Project manager for a clinical study where whole-genome sequencing of geneticaly educated professionals is preformed and returned to understand impact of this information in lifestyle changes and delivery methods for this information for personal use.

Alexandra F. Adams
Lab Manager
aadams0 at stanford dot edu

Alex received her B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Vanderbilt University in 2011. She then spent a year as a research assistant in a genetics lab at the Vanderbilt Medical Center, working to elucidate the genetic causes of a number of human diseases, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
After a harrowing cross-country road trip from Nashville to California, Alex joined the Bustamante lab in 2012 as a project manager and now lab manager. Alex manages the wet lab and organizational portions of all projects in the lab, including the Y chromosome capture project, the preeclampsia project, and the cacao genome project.

Katie Kanagawa
Administrative Associate
kkanagaw at stanford dot edu







Monica James
Grants Administrator
monicaj at stanford dot edu







Cody Sam
Program Administrator
Stanford Center for Computational, Evolutionary, and Human Genomics
codysam at stanford dot edu







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