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Department of Evolutionary Genetics

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 341 3550 - 500

e-mail: mittag@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Curriculum Vitae

Biographical

Name:Janet Kelso
Nationality:South African
Email:kelso@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Employment

2004-presentBioinformatics research group leader / Minerva Professor
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2003-2004Postdoctoral researcher.
University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Education

2003Ph.D. (Bioinformatics). University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
Advisor: Winston Hide
2000M.Sc. (Med) (Chemical Pathology). University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
1997B.Sc. (Med) (Hons) (Medical Biochemistry). University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
1995B.Sc. (Biology). University of-Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Fellowships and Awards

2016Elected Fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)
2010AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize for the most outstanding paper in Science in 2010 (with co-authors)
2004L'Oréal-UNESCO/DST fellowship for Women in Science: Young Scientist Award
2003Merck Student Fellowship

Scientific service

Editorial
2013 – presentCo-Executive Editor Bioinformatics (Oxford University Press)
2011 – 2012Associate Editor Bioinformatics (Oxford University Press)
2009 – presentAssociate Editor Database (Oxford University Press)
2014 – presentEditorial Board Genome Biology
2007 – 2014Editor PLoS One
2012 – presentEditorial Board Springer book series: Computational Biology
International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)
2011 – 2013, 2017-Vice-president, Executive Board
2006 – 2011Secretary, Executive Board
2006 – presentConference Committee chair
2005 – presentMember of Board of Directors
Conference Organisation
2015-2017CSHL Genome Informatics Organiser (with Daniel McArthur, Mike Schatz, Aaron Quinlan and Melissa Wilson-Sayres)
2015, Dublin ISMB/ECCB Conference co-chair (with Alex Bateman and Des Higgins) 2014, Boston ISMB Conference co-chair (with Bonnie Berger) 
2014 CSHL Genome Informatics Session Chair (with Nick Loman)
2011 ISCB-Africa ASBCB Conference Co-Chair (with Nicola Mulder)
2006 – present Member of the ISMB Conference Steering Committee 2006 – 2013 Chair of ISMB Tutorials Programme
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
2014 – presentDeputy Equal Opportunities Officer
Advisory Boards/Review Panels (Selected)
2018-Advisory Board H3-Africa BioNet
2016Review PanelERC Consolidator Grants
2015-2017Review panelCentre for Molecular Medicine (CeMM), Vienna
2015 Review panelEBI-EMBL External Services
2015 – presentReview boardH3-Africa/NIH Sickle Cell Disease Ontology Development
2013 – present Advisory BoardELIXIR Scientific Advisory Board
2013 – presentAdvisory BoardNIH-H3Africa Wits-INDEPTH Centre
2012, 2015Advisory BoardGenome Canada Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
2014 – presentReview panelHercules Foundation/FWO for Belgian Research Infrastructure
2009 – 2012Review panelSouth African National Research Foundation
2011 Advisory BoardGenome Canada 4D Genomics Platform
2010 Review panelDeutsche Forschungsgsgemeinschaft (DFG) Instrumentation
2003 – 2011Advisory BoardGenome Canada Bioinformatics Platform

Invited presentations and workshops (last 5 years)

2017

Human Evolution: Fossils, Ancient and Modern Genomes, Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre, UK
“The implications of admixture between modern and archaic humans”

Big Data Analyses in Evolutionary Biology, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
“The Impact of Admixture between Modern and Archaic Humans”

19th EMBL PhD Symposium: Bridging the Gaps - Interdisciplinary Approaches in Life Sciences, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
“What we have Learned from Ancient Genomes”

Nordic-EMBL Partnership meeting, Helsinki, Finland
“The impact of admixture between modern and archaic humans”

2016

5th International Symposium on Regulators of Adaptive Immunity, Erlangen, Germany
“The contributions of archaic humans to modern human immunity”

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Functional Implications of admixture with archaic humans”

EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
“Implications of admixture with archaic humans”

BioVis 2016, Orlando, Florida, USA
“Visualization in Ancient Genomics”

2015

ISABS Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetics, Brač, Croatia.
“Functional implications of admixture between modern and archaic humans”

Australian Genome Technologies Conference (AGTA), Hunter Valley, Australia
“What we have learned from sequencing ancient genomes”

2014

Genome Informatics Workshop / ISCB-Asia, Tokyo, Japan
“An Early Modern Human from Ust’-Ishim”

Colloquium Series Centre for Bioinformatics, Saarbrücken, Germany
Reconstructing ancient human genomes

Genome Informatics, Cambridge, UK
“Archaic Genomes”

ISCB-Latin America x-Meeting on Bioinformatics, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
“Insights from the sequencing of ancient genomes”

Seminar Series of the Research Center for Molecular Medicine (CEMM), Vienna, Austria
“The genome of a Neandertal from the Altai Mountains”

Genome Informatics Workshop / ISCB-Asia, Tokyo, Japan
“What we have learned from sequencing archaic human genomes”

School of Biological Anthropology, Zagreb, Croatia
“The genome of a 45,000 year-old modern human from Eurasia”

2013

The Next NGS Challenge, Valencia, Spain
“Sequencing ancient human genomes”

Beyond the Genome 2013, San Francisco, USA.
“Sequencing ancient human genomes”