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Danish L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Ida Moltke

15. 6. 2016 | Assistant Professor Ida Moltke, Department of Biology at University of Copenhagen, has received one of the three L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science Awards that each year are awarded to outstanding female researchers in natural sciences in Denmark.
The awards also entail a prize of 110,000 DKK each for a research project. The assessment committee mainly consisted of members of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Lettres. Additionally, Ida Moltke has been selected to become a member of The Young Academy in Denmark. The Young Academy is an independent subunit of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Lettres, which this year offered membership to ten outstanding young researchers in Denmark.
Ellen Trane Nørby,
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Ellen Trane Nørby, | the Danish minister for education (right), presented the award at a celebration ceremony on May 31, 2016. From left: L'Oreal director Paul Heeringa, Mogens Høgh Jensen, secretary general of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, and the three awardees Sophie Beeren, Luise Brandt and Ida Moltke.

Assistant Professor Ida Moltke
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Assistant Professor Ida Moltke
Ida Moltke has an educational background in computer science and mathematics (Bachelor of Science), Bioinformatics (Master of Science), as well as in population genetics and statistical genetics (PhD). In her research, she applies statistical and computational methods to genomic data to solve problems in both population and medical genetics. Within medical genetics she is mainly interested in identifying genetic variants that play role in a number of different diseases and traits, such as type 2 diabetes. In a recent study, she looked for signatures of genetic adaptation to life in the Arctic in Greenlandic Inuit. Moltke and others identified a genomic region on chromosome 11, which showed evidence for having been under positive selection: N adaptation to the high-fat diet that the Arctic environment has imposed on the Inuit.

Since strating her PhD, Ida Moltke has been interested in developing statistic inference methods for studies in population genetics. After completing her PhD at the University of Copenhagen, she spent three years as a postdoc in Matthew Stephens' lab in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago, and numerous months as a visiting PhD student at UC Berkeley in her supervisor Rasmus Nielsen's lab. Moltke is currently involved in several different mapping studies of the Greenlandic population. One example is a study of type 2 diabetes where the researchers identified a stop-gain mutation in the gene TBC1D4 that significantly increases homozygous carrier risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

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