Dr Michal Szpak
My PhD project in Human Evolution team at the Sanger Institute focused on positive selection in human populations. I work on fine mapping of the adaptive variation for functional follow-up studies. We use genome editing (CRISPR/Cas9) approach to model human evolution in mouse and test hypotheses about selected phenotypes.
I received my B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Warsaw. My research in the Molecular Archaeology research group focused on ancient DNA analyses, evolutionary genetics and phylogenetics. Subsequently, I conducted my master’s degree research at the University of Virginia, Medical School. During that period I was involved in several projects investigating population genetics and human genomics at The Center for Public Health Genomics. I worked on microarray-based CNVs detection and their distribution across 4 ethnic groups.