- American Society of Human Genetics
The Pollard lab is focused on developing novel methods to study genome evolution, organization, and regulation. They are interested in how genomes and their encoded functions change over time scales from developmental transitions in human cells to evolution across the tree of life, and seek to decode biomedical knowledge that is missed without rigorous statistical approaches. The models and tools they create are unified by a phylogenetic perspective, statistical rigor, and massive integration of public data. Collaboration, creating open source software, and promoting open science are major priorities. Many of the Pollard lab bioinformatics projects involve machine learning, stochastic process models of genome evolution, longitudinal models, and multivariate statistics.