Consuelo Quinto Cortes
Enter into the Ph.D. Program Fall 2010
Research Advisor: Michael Hammer
Research Topic: Genomic signature of admixture and demographic inference
Lab phone number: 626-0404
Lab web pagehttp://hammerlab.biosci.arizona.edu/people.html
My current project focuses on understanding the peopling of Japan using single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC). Japan has an interesting history from the point of view of population genetics, and three hypotheses exist regarding its peopling. The hybridization theory is the best supported by previous genetics studies of the studies of the Y chromosome and DNA mitochondrial; however genome-wide polymorphisms have not been used to answer this question. This theory argues that modern Japanese are the result of an admixture process between the Jomon and Yayoi people, two groups that are known to have migrated to the archipelago at different times and developed distinct cultures.