Dr. Lohmueller’s interests in population genetics began when he was a high school student. He worked with Dr. Joel Hirschhorn at the Whitehead MIT/Center for Genome Research (now the Broad Institute). While there, he conducted a large review and meta-analysis of genetic association studies. He then completed his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University.
Dr. Lohmueller later received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2009 where he was advised by Dr. Andrew Clark and Dr. Carlos Bustamante. His work at Cornell focused on understanding human demography and its implications for the detection and dynamics of natural selection
In 2010, he began his postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Miller Research Fellow hosted by Dr. Rasmus Nielsen. Much of this work involved analyzing next-generation sequencing data from exomes, full genomes, and ancient genomes. A recent focus of Dr. Lohmueller’s research has been on the statistical interpretation of challenging forensic DNA samples as well as other statistical issues in forensic genetics. He teaches a basic course on forensic population genetics for the California Criminalistics Institute.
Dr. Lohmueller is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles where he is continuing his research on evolutionary, medical, and forensic genetics.