Assistant Professor Human Genetics
Simon Gravel obtained his BSc and MSc in Mathematics and Physics from the Université de Montréal and his PhD in Physics from Cornell University in 2009. His research in Genetics began during a short postdoc in the Physics department at the Universität zu Köln and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, and continued in the Genetics department at Stanford University. He joined the Department of Human Genetics at McGill and the Genome Quebec Innovation Centre in 2013.
We try to understand the connections between history, genetic diversity, biology, and disease. We do this through creative math and the analysis of large-scale datasets. Recently, we have been working on reconstructing histories of populations with very diverse genetic heritage, including Hispanic/Latinos and African-Americans, and found that some elegant mathematical models enabled us to identify demographic forces that shape genomic diversity. We are also interested in developing mathematical models to improve our understanding of mutation, selection, and tumor evolution.