Joseph Lachance, PhD

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Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences
Georgia Institute of Technology
Research Program
Cell and Molecular Biology


Joe Lachance, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Lachance is a member of the Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute.


Dr. Lachance received his PhD in Genetics from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. He conducted his postdoctoral studies as a NIH Kirschstein postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Lachance's research is in the areas of human evolutionary genomics, population genetics, and health disparities. His lab integrates large genome-scale datasets with evolutionary theory and computer simulations. They have found evidence of ancient introgression in Africa, inferred that the leading edge of the out-of-Africa migration involved an excess of males, discovered that genetic risks of cancer have decreased over evolutionary time, and identified novel targets of positive selection.


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