Janet KelsoMax Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Introduced by: Anna-Sophie Fiston-Lavier, SFBI President, French Society of Bioinformatics
Time: Sunday July 23, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Room: Lumière Auditorium
Janet Kelso leads the Computational Ancient Genomics research group at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Her research focuses on understanding human history through the study of the genomes of now-extinct humans including Neandertals and Denisovans. Her research group has contributed to the development of computational approaches for the analysis of ancient DNA, and to the retrieval and analysis of the first Neandertal and Denisovan genomes. Janet received her PhD in bioinformatics from the South African National Bioinformatics Institute at the University of the Western Cape under the supervision of Professor Winston Hide. She was awarded the L'Oréal-UNESCO/DST Young Scientist Award for her PhD research. Janet is the co-Editor-in-chief of the journal Bioinformatics together with Alfonso Valencia, as well as an Executive Editor of the journal Database. For many years she has been an active member of the Board of the International Society of Computational Biology and was named a Fellow of the Society in 2016.