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Sarah Tishkoff is the David and Lyn Silfen University Associate Professor in Genetics and Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, holding appointments in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Tishkoff studies genetic variation in ethnically diverse Africans in order to reconstruct modern human origins, African population history, and processes of adaptation. Her research examines how genetic variation influences normal variable traits as well as disease susceptibility and drug response. Dr. Tishkoff has long been an advocate for the need for populations in Africa to be represented in human genetic studies so that they may benefit from knowledge about their population history and development of more effective medical treatments. Dr. Tishkoff received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and genetics from the University of California at Berkeley, and her masters of philosophy and doctorate in genetics from Yale School of Medicine. She taught in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland at College Park from 2000 –2007 and became a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Dr. Tishkoff is a recipient of an NIH Pioneer Award, a Packard Career Award, and a Burroughs/Wellcome Fund Career Award. She is currently a member of the editorial boards of Genome Research Journal and G3: Genes Genomes Ge- netics and is an associate editor of Molecular Biology and Evolution Journal and The Quarterly Review of Biology. Her research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.