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Keynote Speakers

Sohini Ramachandran
Brown University

Sohini Ramachandran joined the faculty of Brown University in July 2010, and was promoted to Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in July 2021; she also holds a courtesy faculty appointment in Computer Science. She is also the Director of Brown University's Data Science Initiative, since July 2021, and served as Interim Director beginning August 2020. From July 2017-July 2022, Sohini served as Director of Brown University's Center for Computational Molecular Biology.
Prior to beginning her faculty appointment at Brown University, Sohini spent 3 years as a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and postdoctoral fellow in Professor John Wakeley’s group at the Harvard University Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. She completed her PhD in 2007 with Professor Marcus Feldman at Stanford University’s Department of Biological Sciences.

Sohini's research program has been recognized with multiple national awards, including a 2012 Sloan Research Fellowship, funding as a Pew Biomedical Scholar (2012-2016), and a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE, nominated by the NIH, awarded 2019). She is also the Contact PI and Program Director of Brown University's NIH T32 Predoctoral Training Program in Biological Data Science, and a standing member of the NIH Genetic Variation and Evolution study section (7/2018-6/2024). In Spring 2019, Sohini was a Natural Sciences Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala, Sweden. In recognition of her teaching at Brown University, she has received a Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship (2016) and the Philip J. Bray Award for Excellent in Teaching in the Physical Sciences (2021).
Sohini goes through phases of long-distance running to fit in with colleagues, but her favorite hobby is knitting. She seeks out infinite games, and her self-competitive spirit is fueled by having misspelled 'succedaneum' at the 1995 National Spelling Bee.