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About Us

Welcome to our Research Group's webpage!

We are a group of human geneticists and computational biologists. We utilize cutting-edge analytic tools to address questions at the intersection of human medical and population genetics.

In particular, we have a strong interest in using genomic data to understand the evolution and architecture of complex traits and the history of diverse human populations. These insights will be critical for future medical genetics studies and in practicing personalized medicine.

We are part of the Center for Genetic Epidemiology, in the Department of Preventive Medicine at USC Keck School of Medicine.

Research

The overarching theme of our research group is to use genetic approaches to understand how evolutionary forces shaped the genetic architecture of complex traits within and between populations. To this end, we have been involved in a number of past and ongoing medical genetics studies in mapping genetic loci underlying human complex traits. We are also continually interested in investigating the evolutionary forces, namely demography and selection, that shaped the pattern of genetic variability and phenotypic distribution. We are particularly interested in diverse, global human populations and our successes result from collaborating with innovative colleagues and thriving in resourceful consortiums. Read a more detailed description of our work here.

Contact Us

Charleston can be reached via email at:
charleston [dot] chiang [at] med [dot] usc [dot] edu

We are looking for talented and enthusiastic postdocs and students to join our team! If interested, please email a cover letter, CV, and contact information for two references to Charleston Chiang. See "Join Us" tab for more details.

We are located in the Harlyne J. Norris Research Tower (NRT) on the Health Science Campus at USC

Mailing Address:
1450 Biggy Street
NRT-2517M
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Join Us

Postdoctoral Fellows: There are postdoctoral fellow positions open within the group. Applicants ideally should have extensive exposure and experience in human medical and/or population genetics research and have analyzed large genetic datasets. Programming skills (e.g. python, perl, C, R, etc.) and proficiency in Unix-based computing environments are very desirable. Successful candidates may also develop projects broadly within the scope of the group's research interests.

Informal inquiries or applications (cover letter, CV, and contact information to at least two references) should be emailed to Charleston Chiang, or submitted through the online system here.

Graduate Students: The research group is recruiting prospective PhD students. Generally, doctoral students are enrolled through PIBBS or one of the Public Health Sciences programs (such as Biostatistics or Epidemiology) at USC. Email Charleston Chiang for inquiries.

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