John Novembre, PhD

The Novembre research group uses computational tools to study genetic diversity in natural populations. Our goal is to develop widely used statistical methods for intelligently extracting information from large-scale genomic data with the aim to improve understanding of: (1) basic genomic biology, (2) the biology of heritable disease traits, (3) the genetic basis of evolutionary processes, and (4) the history and evolution of various species, especially humans. From a disciplinary perspective, most of the ideas we use are from theoretical population genetics, statistical genetics, and computational statistics. Much of our work is invigorated by addressing data from emerging genotyping and sequencing technologies applied to large or particularly interesting population samples.

De novo mutation rate estimation in wolves of known pedigree.
Koch E, Schweizer RM, Schweizer TM, Stahler DR, Smith DW, Wayne RK, Novembre J. De novo mutation rate estimation in wolves of known pedigree. Mol Biol Evol. 2019 Jul 12.
PMID: 31297530

Inference and visualization of DNA damage patterns using a grade of membership model.
Al-Asadi H, Dey KK, Novembre J, Stephens M. Inference and visualization of DNA damage patterns using a grade of membership model. Bioinformatics. 2019 Apr 15; 35(8):1292-1298.
PMID: 30192911

Estimating recent migration and population-size surfaces.
Al-Asadi H, Petkova D, Stephens M, Novembre J. Estimating recent migration and population-size surfaces. PLoS Genet. 2019 01; 15(1):e1007908.
PMID: 30640906

Circuit-theory applications to connectivity science and conservation.
Dickson BG, Albano CM, Anantharaman R, Beier P, Fargione J, Graves TA, Gray ME, Hall KR, Lawler JJ, Leonard PB, Littlefield CE, McClure ML, Novembre J, Schloss CA, Schumaker NH, Shah VB, Theobald DM. Circuit-theory applications to connectivity science and conservation. Conserv Biol. 2019 Apr; 33(2):239-249.
PMID: 30311266

A tribute to a true conservation innovator, Brad McRae, 1966-2017.
Lawler J, Beier P, Dickson B, Fargione J, Novembre J, Theobald D. A tribute to a true conservation innovator, Brad McRae, 1966-2017. Conserv Biol. 2019 Apr; 33(2):480-482.
PMID: 30480336

The genetic prehistory of the Andean highlands 7000 years BP though European contact.
Lindo J, Haas R, Hofman C, Apata M, Moraga M, Verdugo RA, Watson JT, Viviano Llave C, Witonsky D, Beall C, Warinner C, Novembre J, Aldenderfer M, Di Rienzo A. The genetic prehistory of the Andean highlands 7000 years BP though European contact. Sci Adv. 2018 11; 4(11):eaau4921.
PMID: 30417096

A tribute to a true conservation innovator, Brad McRae, 1966-2017.
Lawler J, Beier P, Dickson B, Fargione J, Novembre J, Theobald D. A tribute to a true conservation innovator, Brad McRae, 1966-2017. Conserv Biol. 2018 Oct 11.
PMID: 30311257

Genomic history of the Sardinian population.
Chiang CWK, Marcus JH, Sidore C, Biddanda A, Al-Asadi H, Zoledziewska M, Pitzalis M, Busonero F, Maschio A, Pistis G, Steri M, Angius A, Lohmueller KE, Abecasis GR, Schlessinger D, Cucca F, Novembre J. Genomic history of the Sardinian population. Nat Genet. 2018 10; 50(10):1426-1434.
PMID: 30224645

Detecting past and ongoing natural selection among ethnically Tibetan women at high altitude in Nepal.
Jeong C, Witonsky DB, Basnyat B, Neupane M, Beall CM, Childs G, Craig SR, Novembre J, Di Rienzo A. Detecting past and ongoing natural selection among ethnically Tibetan women at high altitude in Nepal. PLoS Genet. 2018 09; 14(9):e1007650.
PMID: 30188897

Brad McRae (1966-2017).
Novembre J, Beier P, Fargione J, Lawler J, Selkoe K. Brad McRae (1966-2017). Mol Ecol. 2018 08; 27(15):3035-3036.
PMID: 30133873

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