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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. 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.

Recent News

7.2018: Charleston presented on the population structure of Han Chinese as a contributed talk in the 2018 Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) meeting at Yokohama, Japan.

5.2018: We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow through the USC-Taiwan Postdoctoral Scholar Program. Interested individuals who are Taiwanese nationals with a recent Ph.D. or others who received Ph.D. in Taiwan are welcomed to apply. Fellow is encouraged to develop projects in our ongoing collaboration with the Taiwanese Biobank. See "Join.Us" tab for more details.

5.2018: Postdoctoral fellow, Minhui Chen, has joined the lab! Welcome Minhui!

4.2018: Charleston organized a symposium on Human Adaptation and Evolution at 1st AsiaEvo meeting in Shen Zhen, China. He also visited Taiwan Biobank, gave talk at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences in Academia Sinica, Taiwan, and Chinese Academy of Science and Max Planck Partnered Institute of Computational Biology in Shanghai, China.


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

Mailing Address:
1450 Biggy Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Postdoctoral Fellows through USC-Taiwan Postdoctoral Scholar Program: Candidates are eligible if they received their Ph.D. no earlier than July 20, 2015 and no later than July 19, 2018. The degree must come from a Taiwanese institution, but Taiwanese nationals who have received degrees elsewhere are also eligible. The salary for postdoctoral fellow is $68,000 per year minus the cost of the benefits package. Fellow is expected to reside in the Los Angeles area during the academic year. More information on the program can be found here. Online application is here. Applications are accepted between June 11, 2018 and July 19, 2018.

Informal inquiries should be emailed to Charleston Chiang, particularly if you would like to work together to develop a proposal for the application. An ideal candidate should have a recent Ph.D. in biology, genetics, computer science, bioinformatics, computational biology, or a related field. Proficiency in one or more programming languages (e.g. python, perl, C++, R, etc.) and in Unix-based computing environments is essential. Competitive applicants will also have extensive experience in conducting human genetics research and in analyzing large genetic datasets. Applicants can develop projects within the scope of the ongoing efforts in the research group, but will be encouraged to take advantage of the active collaboration with Taiwanese Biobank

Postdoctoral Fellows: Highly motivated individuals are encouraged to contact Charleston Chiang for inquiries. 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.

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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