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Bruce Rannala


Genome Center
UC Davis Genome Center
Evolution and Ecology

4337 GBSF (Genome Center Office)
+1 530 754 4060

5339 Storer Hall (EVE Office)
+1 530 754 7729


1995 Ph.D. Yale University Biological Sciences
1991 M.Sc. University of Toronto Zoology
1989 B.Sc. University of British Columbia Zoology

Research Interests:

Computational evolutionary and population genomics
Research in the group focuses on mathematical aspects of population genetics, phylogenetic inference, and human genetics. Topics of interest include statistical methods for linkage disequilibrium gene mapping and Bayesian phylogenetic inference, as well as more general questions in theoretical population genetics. Topics of current research include the role of hypermutability and mutator phenotypes in cancer genetics, multipoint linkage disequilibrium mapping, and methods for detecting an association between genetic markers and disease in heterogeneous populations. A unifying theme of research in the group is the application of analytic theory and computer simulation to address questions of importance in evolutionary biology and human genetics.


CIHR Peter Lougheed Award (2001)

CBS Graduate Group Affiliations:

Population Biology  

Specialties / Focus:


Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS:

Biostatistics, Statistics  


Last updated 12/1/2012
Z. Yang and B. Rannala. 2012. Molecular phylogenetics: principles and practice. Nature Reviews Genetics 13: 303-314.

B. Padhukasahasram and B. Rannala. 2011. Bayesian population genomic inference of crossing-over and gene-conversion. Genetics 189: 607-619.

Z. Yang and B. Rannala. 2010. Bayesian species delimitation using multilocus sequence data. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107: 9264-9269.

Y. Wang and B. Rannala. 2009. Population genomic inference of recombination rates and hotspots. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 106: 6210-6214.

Laboratory Personnel:

Rannala Research Group


EVE 131 Human Genetic Variation
MCB 10 Intro to Human Heredity