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GenomeWeb Feature: Eighth Annual Young Investigators

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb Daily News) – Genomics and related omics tools can be used to tackle a variety of questions, and up-and-coming researchers in the field are studying everything from growth and development in plants, to the human vaginal microbiome, adaptation and population genetics, and methods development.

For this series of young investigators, we asked established principal investigators to recommend early-career scientists — no more than five years into a faculty appointment, or even still finishing their training — they thought were doing promising work.

A number of this year's young investigators are developing their own methods to tackle new avenues of research like haplotyping or single-cell resolved transcriptomics. Others, meanwhile, seemed eager to sift through masses of genomic data to pull out strands of biology about cancer development or human adaptation.

While this year's passel of young investigators is enthusiastic about their work, they also have expressed concerns about funding, with some noting they spend a good portion of their time working on grants.

In the future, though, they see a time when genomics and sequencing begin to affect things like human health on a more widespread scale.

Rebecca Brotman

Wolfgang Busch

William Greenleaf

Felicity Jones

Joanna Kelley

Ahmad Khalil

Ekta Khurana

Jacob Kitzman

Ben Langmead

Tuuli Lappalainen

Matthew Lebo

Catherine Linnen

Zhengqing Ouyang

Gary Patti

Sarah Pendergrass

Joseph Pickrell

Tanguy Seiwert

Patrik Ståhl

Michael Stitzel

Haoyi Wang

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