Dr Krishna R Veeramah

Andrew Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

University of California, Los Angeles

 

 

Department of History

The Center for Society and Genetics

&

The Novembre Lab

 

D.O.B:  2nd June 1982

Nationality: British Citizen

 

 

CONTACT DETAILS

University of California, Los Angeles

Box 957221, 1323 Rolfe Hall

Los Angeles, CA  90095-7221

 

Phone: 510-207-1424

Fax: 310-206-1880

E-mail: kveeramah@ucla.edu

 

KRV

 

CURRENT STATUS AND INTERESTS

 

I am a Postdoctoral fellow in the UCLA Department of History “DNA and History” programme. My duties include teaching a course in “Using Genetics to Infer Human History” and organizing the “DNA and History Faculty Seminar”.

 

My research interests include: human population genetics, anthropological genetics, evolutionary medicine and pharmacogenetics, with particular emphasis on sub-Saharan African populations.

 

 

 

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

 

Veeramah, K.R, Zeitlyn, D, Fanso, V.G, Mendell, N.R, Connell, B.A, Weale, M.E, Bradman, N and Thomas, M.G. Sex-Specific Genetic Data Supports One of Two Alternative Versions of the foundation of the ruling dynasty of the Nsoę in Cameroon. (2008) Current Anthropology 49: pp 707 – 714.

 

Veeramah, K.R, Thomas, M.G, Weale, M.E, Mendell, N.R, Shephard, E.A, Bradman, N and Philips, I.R. The potentially deleterious functional variant, FMO2*1, is at high frequency throughout sub-Saharan Africa. (2008) Pharmacogenetics and Genomics 18(10): pp877-886.

 

Veeramah, K,R, Connell, B.A, Pour, N.A, Plaster, C, Powell, A, Zeitlyn, D, Mendell, N.R, Weale, M.E, Bradman, N and Thomas, M.G. Little genetic differentiation as assessed by uniparental markers in the presence of substantial language variation in peoples of the Cross River region of Nigeria. (2010) BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 92.

 

Beall, C.M, Cavalleri, G.L, Deng, L, Elston, R.C, Gao, Y, Knight, J, Li, C, Li, J.C, Liang, Y, McCormack, M, Montgomery, H.E, Pan, H, Robbins, P.A, Shianna, K.V, Tam, S.C, Tsering, N, Veeramah, K.R, Wang, W, Wangdui, P, Weale, M.E, Xu, Y, Xu, Z,  Yang, L, Zaman, M.J, Zeng, C, Zhang, L, Zhang, X, Zhaxi, P and Zheng, Y.T. Natural selection on EPAS1 (HIF2α) associated with low hemoglobin concentration in Tibetan highlanders. (2010) PNAS (e-published ahead of print June 7).

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

2003-2008

University College London (UCL), London, NW1 2HE

 

BBSRC-CASE PhD Studentship,

Department of Genetics, Environment and Evolution (formerly Biology), The Centre For Genetic Anthropology.

Research project title An Investigation into the Distribution of Human Molecular Genetic Variation in sub-Saharan Africa’ (Supplementary Tables)

Supervisor: Professor Mark G Thomas

Second Supervisor: Dr Mike E Weale

Examiners: Professor Mark Jobling and Dr Nikolas Maniatis.

 

 

2000-2003

University College London (UCL), London, WC1E 6BT

 

1st class BSc (Hons) Human Genetics

 

 

1993-2000

Dartford Grammar School, Dartford, Kent. DA1 2HW

 

Secondary School Education: 4 A-levels, 11 GCSEs

 

 

 

 

GRANTS & AWARDS

 

Wenner Gren Conference and Workshop Grants, value $10,000 (co P.I. with Dr Omer Gokcumen) (2009)

 

Andrew Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Scholarship (2008)

 

UCL Biology Postgraduate Symposium Poster Prize (2005)

 

BBSRC CASE PhD Studentship (2003)

 

University College London Biology Dean’s list (2003)

 

 

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

           

2008-present

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), CA 90095

 

Position: Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (and Lecturer), Department of History and The Center for Society and Genetics

Also affiliated with Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

 

 

2007-2008

University College London (UCL), London, NW1 2HE

 

Position: Interim Lecturer in Human Evolutionary Genetics, Department of Genetics, Environment and Evolution, Molecular and Cultural Evolution (MACE) laboratory.

 

 

2006-2008

Geogene (Human Genetic Ancestry Company)

 

Position: Scientific Director

 

 

 

PAPERS SUBMITTED OR IN PREPARATION

 

Cade, B, Veeramah, K.R, Archer, S.N, Thomas, M.G, and von Schantz, M. A novel eveningness haplotype and evidence for balancing selection in the CLOCK gene. Submitted to Molecular Biology and Evolution

 

Veeramah, K.R, Tonjes, A, Kovacs, P, Geary, P, Novembre, J and Stumvoll, M, The Origins of the Sorbs as assessed using high-throughput autosomal data.

 

Thompson, S.R, Thomas, M.G, Bradman, N, Humphries, S.E and Veeramah, K,R. The distribution of a functional IL18 haplotype in Africa – implications for CVD susceptibility.

 

Veeramah, K.R, Poloni, E.  Duster, T. Bradman, N, Gokcumen. Sampling in Genetic Anthropology: a neglected science. Invited by Trends in Genetics.

 

 

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

 

Novembre, J, Veeramah, K.R, Tonjes, A, Kovacs, P, Lohmueller, K, Boyko, A.R, Klimes, I, Stumvoll, M, Bustamante, C.D, Genetic diversity of European population isolates in the context of their geographic neighbors. American Society of Human Genetics meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, (2009)

 

Veeramah, K.R,  Zeitlyn, D, Fanso, V.G, Mendell, N.R, Connell, B.A, Weale, M.E, Bradman, N and Thomas, M.G Princess Ngonnsoę and the foundation of the royal house of Nsoę. UCL Biology Postgraduate Symposium (2005) AND American Society of Human Genetics meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah (2005)

 

 

 

TALKS

 

Sex-Specific Genetic Data Supports One of Two Alternative Versions of the foundation of the ruling dynasty of the Nsoę in Cameroon. UCL Biology Postgraduate Symposium (2005), The London Evolutionary Research Network Conference (2005), UCLA World History Colloquium (2008) AND American Historical Association annual meeting, San Diego (2010)

 

The distribution of the functional variant, FMO2*1, in sub-Saharan Africa. UCL Biology Postgraduate Symposium (2006), UCL Centre for Ecology and Evolution Seminar (2006), Human Genome Variation Society meeting, Montreal (2007) AND Professor Martyn Smith Laboratory, UC Berkeley (2009)

 

The Origins of the Sorbs as assessed using high-throughput autosomal data. Genetic Anthropology at Fine Scale Workshop, Honolulu, Hawaii (2009)

 

Next Generation Sequencing Technologies. in Veeramah, K.R. (ed.) An Introduction to Human Genetics: The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection, Henry Stewart Talks Ltd, London (online at http://hstalks.com/) (2009)

 

Little Genetic Differentiation as Assessed by Uniparental Markers in The Presence of Substantial Language Variation in Peoples of the Cross River Region of Nigeria. DNA and History Seminar (2009)

 

Applying the Long Range Haplotype test on Hapmap data to look for signals of recent positive selection. UCL Data Analysis Forum (2007)

 

 

 

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Co-Organizer of the workshop Genetic Anthropology at Fine Scale, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii Oct 25th-26th (2009)

 

Series Editor of An Introduction to Human Genetics: The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection, Henry Stewart Talks Ltd, London (online at http://hstalks.com/) (2009)

 

Panel member for the public discussion Reconstructing Indian Population History, sponsored by the Center for Society and Genetics (2009)

 

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

I have developed and am currently teaching a 10 week seminar style course entitled ‘Using Genetics to Infer Human History to upper division undergraduate students in the History Department and the Centre for Society and Genetics (2009 & 2010).

 

Previous teaching experience also includes:

 

Lecturing

Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (2nd Yr BSc Biology, UCL)

Reproduction, Genetics and Development (2nd Yr Medicine, UCL)

Molecular Evolution (3rd Yr BSc Biology, UCL)

Languages, Genetics and Archaeology (MA/MSc Archaeology, UCL)

Cuisine, Nutrition and Genetics (Upper Division Undergraduates, UCLA)

 

2007

2008

2008

2008

2009

Tutoring

Evolutionary and Population Genetics (2nd Yr BSc Biology, UCL)

Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (2nd Yr BSc Biology, UCL)

Introduction to Human Genetics (2nd Yr BSc Biology, UCL)

 

2004,2008

2006-2008

2006

Essay and coursework marking

Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (2nd Yr BSc Biology, UCL)

Evolutionary and Population Genetics (2nd Yr BSc Biology, UCL)

Archaeological and Anthropological Genetics (MA/MSc Archaeology, UCL)

 

2006-2008

2004,2008

2006-2008

Setting and marking of exam questions

 

Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (2nd Yr BSc Biology, UCL)

Molecular Evolution (3rd Yr BSc Biology, UCL)

 

2008

Laboratory and fieldwork supervision

Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (2nd Yr BSc Biology, UCL)

Advanced Human Genetics (3rd Yr BSc Biology, UCL)

Introduction to Research (3rd Yr BSc Biology, UCL)

Summer Studentships Programme (2nd Year BSc Biology, UCL)

Spanish Field Course in Ecological Genetics (2nd Yr BSc Biology, UCL)

 

2003-2007

2004

2004-2008

2004-2007

2008

 

In addition my duties as a lecturer included:

Š      Day to day management of the MACE laboratory, including informal supervision of PhD students.

Š      Acting as a personal tutor to undergraduate students.

 

 

 

OTHER SKILLS

 

Substantial experience in a variety of laboratory techniques including DNA extraction, PCR, DNA sequencing and various DNA genotyping methodologies.

 

Routinely use advanced statistical techniques as applied to population genetics.

 

Considerable expertise in the multi-platform computer programming language ‘Python’ as well as substantial experience with ‘R’, ‘Awk’ and ‘Matlab’

 

Successfully led a research expedition in Cameroon in 2003, demonstrating effective communication, leadership and managerial skills (video available here).

 

 

 

COLLABORATORS AND FRIENDS

 

Mark Thomas, Molecular and Cultural Evolution Lab, University College London

 

Neil Bradman, The Centre for Genetic Anthropology, University College London

 

Dallas Swallow, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London

 

Mike Weale, Statistical Genetics Unit, King’s College London

 

John Novembre , Faculty of Life Sciences, UCLA

 

Patrick Geary, Department of History, UCLA

 

Soroya de Chadarevian, CSG, UCLA

 

Chris Ehret, Department of History, UCLA

 

David Zeitlyn, Department of Anthropology, University of Kent

 

Bruce Connell, Centre for Research on Language Contact, York University

 

Ian Phillips, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London

 

Elizabeth Shephard, UCL Research Department of Structural and Molecular Biology, University College London

 

Nancy Mendell, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Stony Brook

 

Malcolm von Schantz, Neuroendocrinology, University of Surrey

 

Ian Barnes, School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London

 

Omer Gokcumen, Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

 

Mark Jobling, Department of Genetics, University of Leicester

 

Gianpiero Cavalleri, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland