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May 6, 2013:
Aggarwala presented a poster on his mutation rate modeling research at the Genomics and Computational Biology graduate groups's retreat.

April 30, 2013:
Thesis committee meeting concluded successfully. Thank you, Prof(s) John Hogenesch, Warren Ewens, Struan Grant, Suzanne Leal and Ben Voight for the feedback.

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About me

I am Varun and I am a second year doctoral candidate in the Genomics and Computational Biology graduate group at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.

I am extremely fortunate to be advised by Prof. Ben Voight. I work in the areas of Computational Genomics/Statistical Genetics. I apply concepts from statistics, algorithms, machine learning with solid biological intuition to problems in human genetics. My thesis research is on modeling the population mutation rate and using that to develop powerful association tests, to uncover causal loci behind complex traits.

I am an Indian citizen and I was raised in Lucknow. I lived in Guwahati for 4 wonderful years during my bachelors. I am now in Philadelphia, which is a really inspiring city. UPenn truly invokes the spirit of Ben Franklin and helps me understand the ethos of the United States, and motivates me to replicate the idea behind this great nation in my homeland.

It Never Stops: Lovely piece by Maira Kalman on Ben Franklin:
Don’t mope in your room,
Go invent something.
That is the American message.
Electricity. Flight. The telephone.
Television. Computers. Walking on
the moon. It never stops.