Welcome to the Zhang Lab of Population Genetics!
We are a research group in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan. We synthesize evolutionary, genomic, and computational approaches to study a fundamental question in human genetics, which is, how have evolutionary processes such as admixture and natural selection shaped human genetic diversity and health?
Our ongoing projects include (but not limited to):
- Inferring a comprehensive genomic atlas of archaic introgression in modern humans;
- Modeling dynamic admixture and natural selection processes using Drosophila and nonhuman primates;
- Inferring non-additive selective effects on the human genome for accurate estimation of complex trait phenotypes;
- Studying the impact of recent admixture on the genetic architecture of complex traits in modern human populations.
We are actively recruiting at all levels! If you are looking for a position and if you are interested in population genetics, bioinformatics, machine learning, please get in touch!
- For postdoc candidates - We offer hybrid work option, flexible start date, and a competitive compensation package! Please send your CV and a brief summary of your research interest and career goals.
- For prospective PhD students - we are recruiting from the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS). Prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr. Zhang directly before submitting the application.
- For prospective PhD students interested in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) - Dr. Zhang can serve as a co-advisor in the EEB program. Please contact Dr. Zhang and other EEB faculty before submitting the application.
- For undergraduate students at UMich, we offer research opportunities as academic credit or paid internship. Please contact Dr. Zhang and arrange a brief meeting discussing your background and interest.