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.
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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