Emily Norris

Bioinformatics PhD Program

My current research is focused on the implications - for fitness, adaptation, health and other phenotypes - of admixture in modern-day human populations in Latin America and the US.  I am specifically focused on ancestry-specific adaptive introgression and ancestry-based assortative mating in humans.  I also have experience with the identification of causal clinical variants for difficult to diagnosis diseases (e.g., Mendelian, neurodegenerative) using NGS-based techniques for genome sequencing.  My prokaryotic research has focused mainly on comparative bacterial genomics, studying the relationship between antibiotic resistance gene transfer and vaccine/immune system-based selection pressures.