Dr Fernando L Mendez
Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Arizona
CURRENT STATUS AND INTERESTS
My current appointment is Postdoctoral Research Associate in Michael Hammer's Laboratory at the University of Arizona.
My major interests are theoretical, statistical and methodological aspects of population genetics, especially as applied to humans. My main topic of interest is population admixture, with particular interest in archaic admixture and adaptation following admixture. I am also interested in the effects of natural selection in assessments of global genetic variation.
PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
Mendez, F.L., , Krahn, T., Schrack, B., Krahn, A.-M., Veeramah, K.R., Woerner, A.E., Forka Leypey Mathew Fomine, Bradman, N., Thomas, M.G., Karafet, T.M., Hammer, M.F. An African American paternal lineage adds and extremely ancient root to the human Y chromosome phylogenetic tree . (2013) AJHG 92:454-459.
Mendez, F.L., Watkins, J.C., Hammer, M.F. Neandertal origin of genetic variation at the cluster of OAS immunity genes . (2013) Mol Biol Evol 30(4):798-801.
Mendez, F.L., Watkins, J.C., Hammer, M.F. A haplotype at STAT2 introgressed from Neandertals and serves as a candidate of positive selection in Papua New Guinea . (2012) AJHG 91:265-274.
Mendez, F.L., Watkins, J.C., Hammer, M.F. Global genetic variation at OAS1 provides evidence of archaic admixture in Melanesian populations . (2012) Mol Biol Evol 29(6):1513-1520. Supp.Mat.
Veeramah, K.R, Wegmann, D, Woerner, A, Mendez, F.L., Watkins, J, Destro-Bisol, G, Soodyall, H, Louie, L, Hammer, M.F. An early divergence of KhoeSan ancestors from those of other modern humans is supported by an ABC-based analysis of autosomal re-sequencing data. (2012) Mol Biol Evol 29(2):617-30 .
Hammer, M.F. Woerner, A.E., Mendez, F.L., Watkins, J.C., Wall, J.D. Genetic evidence for archaic admixture in Africa. (2011) PNAS 108(37):15123-7
Mendez, F.L. Karafet, T.K., Krahn, T., Ostrer, H., Soodyall, H., Hammer, M.F. Increased resolution of Y chromosome haplogroup T defines relationships among populations of the Near East, Europe, and Africa. (2011) Hum Biol.83(1):39-53 Supp. Mat.
Hammer, M.F., Woerner, A.E., Mendez, F.L., Watkins, J.C., Cox, M.P., Wall, J.D. The ratio of human X chromosome to autosome diversity is positively correlated with genetic distance from genes. (2010) Nat Genet 42(10):830-1
Hammer. M,F., Behar, D.M., Karafet, T.M., Mendez, F.L., Hallmark, B., Erez, T., Zhivotovsky, L.A., Rosset, S., Skorecki, K. Extended Y chromosome haplotypes resolve multiple and unique lineages of the Jewish priesthood. (2009) Hum Genet 126(5):707-17
Hammer, M.F., Mendez, F.L., Cox, M.P., Woerner, A.E., Wall, J.D. Sex-biased evolutionary forces shape genomic patterns of human diversity. (2008) PLoS Genet 4(9):e1000202
Wall, J.D., Cox, M.P., Mendez, F.L., Woerner, A., Severson, T., Hammer, M.F.A novel DNA sequence database for analyzing human demographic history. (2008) Genome Res 18(8):1354-61
Karafet, T.M., Mendez, F.L., Meilerman, M.B., Underhill, P.A., Zegura, S.L., Hammer, M.F. New binary polymorphisms reshape and increase resolution of the human Y chromosomal haplogroup tree. (2008) Genome Res 18(5):830-8
Cox, M.P., Mendez, F.L., Karafet, T.M., Pilkington, M.M., Kingan, S.B., Destro-Bisol, G., Strassmann, B.I., Hammer, M.F. Testing for archaic hominin admixture on the X chromosome: model likelihoods for the modern human RRM2P4 region from summaries of genealogical topology under the structured coalescent. (2008) Genetics 178(1):427-37
Pilkington, M.M., Wilder, J.A., Mendez, F.L., Cox, M.P., Woerner, A., Angui, T., Kingan, S., Mobasher, Z., Batini, C., Destro-Bisol, G., Soodyall, H., Strassmann, B.I., Hammer, M.F. Contrasting signatures of population growth for mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosomes among human populations in Africa. (2008) Mol Biol Evol 25(3):517-25.
2nd Cornell Probability Summer School, "Linear tests of the site frequency spectrum", Cornell, Ithaca, NY, June 2006
Young Investigators in Population Genetics , "Identifying the timing and strength of selection to test specific hypotheses in human evolution", University of Arizona (2008)
Quantitave Biology Colloqium, “Genetic signatures of archaic introgression in modern humans" , University of Arizona (2012)
RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Reviewer for Genetica, Molecular Biology and Evolution, and Bioinformatics
Full Scholarship (Aug 1997-Dec 2000) granted by Comision Argentina de Energia Atomica (Argentinian Atomic Energy Commission)
From 2003 to 2008 I worked as Teaching Assistant in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of the University of Arizona
In 2001-2002 I lectured on several courses in Mathematics, including Linear Algebra and Calculus.
Experience in laboratory techniques, including PCR design, DNA sequencing and genotyping.
Development of statistical methods applied to population genetics
Experience implementing analytical methods in the programming languages C, PERL, and R.
English: read, write and talk (fluent)
Spanish: read, write and talk (fluent, first language)
Italian: read and talk (basic)French: read (basic)
COLLABORATORS AND FRIENDS
Michael F. Hammer, Arizona Research Laboratories, University of Arizona
Joseph C. Watkins, Department of Mathematics, University of Arizona
Murray P. Cox, Institute of Molecular Biosciences, Massey University
Heather L. Norton, Department of Anthropology, University of Cincinnati
Krishna Veeramah, Arizona Research Laboratories, University of Arizona
Tatiana Karafet, Arizona Research Laboratories, University of Arizona
Julian Mendez, Institute for Theoretical Computer Science, Dresden Institute of Technology
Last updated : 2013/04/12