Upcoming Events/Announcements


STATGEN 2024: Conference on Statistics in Genomics and Genetics
Call for Invited Session Proposals


The American Statistical Association (ASA) Section on Statistics in Genomics and Genetics (SSGG) is planning its first annual section conference ( 


The STATGEN 2024 meeting will be held Wednesday, May 1 - Friday, May 3 at the University of Pittsburgh, PA. Please complete the session proposal form here ( to submit your ideas for invited session topics. Each invited session can include either 4 speakers, or 3 speakers and 1 discussant. Initial submissions require a title, description/motivation of the session, session chair,  speaker names, affiliations, and emails, and title of each talk. SSGG believes that diverse perspectives and representative speakers increase the quality of sessions and the conference overall. As such, we encourage session organizers to consider diversity and representation in speakers (e.g., experience, race/ethnicity, gender, industry/government/academia) and/or topics when putting together their session. For example, topics in applied, theoretical, bioethics or data privacy related to genomics are welcome.


Submissions are due November 15th, 2023. Accepted invited sessions will be notified by December 15th, 2023 after which abstracts and registration will be due. Please contact the Program Committee Audrey Hendricks (, George Tseng (, or Lin Li ( for more information.


Key Dates:

·       Invited session proposals deadline – 11/15/2023

·       Invited session decision date – 12/15/2023

·       Contributed talk open for submission –  12/15/2023

·       Registration opening date– 12/15/2023

·       Contributed talk submission deadline –1/15/2024 

·       Contributed talk decision date – 2/15/2024

·       Poster submission deadline – 3/15/2024


Previous Events


The Recording for previous webinars can be accessed at member-only site: here. If you are not a section member yet, you may join us through Join – Section on Statistics in Genomics and Genetics (


Panel Discussion: Academic Careers and Job Search

The Membership Engagement Committee of the American Statistical Association’s Section of Statistical Genomics and Genetics (ASA SSGG) proudly presents a panel discussion on academic careers and job search with a particular focus on statistical genomics and genetics. The 1.5-hour session will be virtual on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 2 - 3:30 PM EST. We are excited to have invited six panelists who represent various positions, career stages, and fields of research in academia: Dr. Alison A. Motsinger-Reif (NIEHS), Dr. Nianjun Liu (Indiana Bloomington), Dr. Brooke Fridley (Moffit Cancer Center), Dr. Shilin Li (Ohio State University), Dr. Jack O’Brien (Bowdoin College), Dr. Kesley Grinde (Macalester College).


SSGG JSM Business Meeting

All Members are welcomed to join our section’s business meeting at JSM.

Date: 8/8/2023. Time: 6-7pm

Location: InterContinental Toronto Centre Oakville Room


SSGG JSM Walk/Jog/Run

For this upcoming JSM. we would like to announce an SSGG Run/Jog/Walk along the lakefront on Tuesday August 8, 6:15am in the morning. Come and meet your colleagues in SSGG as we take a relaxing jog (or adrenaline pumping run) along Lake Ontario!

Let's gather at the east end of the Simcoe Wavedeck, directly on the lakefront 10 minutes walk from the Metro Convention Center, between 6-6:15. We plan to take off at 6:15, and go westward along the Martin Goodman Trail. Depending on the number of participants and interests, we expect to split into small groups dynamically. Some may run, some may slowly jog and some may walk. Our plan is to make it back in one hour, by 7:15 (sessions start at 8:30), but this is an out-and-back trail that follows the lakefront, and you can go for as far as you like.

More details:



The 2023 Joint Statistical Meetings will take place August 5-10 2023 in Toronto, Canada. The Membership Engagement Committee of the American Statistical Association's Section of Statistical Genomics and Genetics (ASA SSGG) is excited to invite you to join us for a Dinner-Together event (at your own expense) if you will be attending JSM. Let's gather together and network with each other in a nice restaurant within walking distance to the Metro Toronto Convention Center. 

Time: Sunday, August 6, 6:30-8:30 PM (EST)

Restaurant: Le Sélect Bistro (

432 WELLINGTON STREET, WEST TORONTO M5V 1E3​ (phone: 416-626-6262)

ASA SSGG MEC Contact: Judong Shen 


SSGG Logo Design Competition

Calling all artists and designers! Showcase your talent and be part of ASA's SSGG logo design competition. We're in search for a captivating logo that represents the spirit of our section and resonates with our diverse community. Whether you're an experienced graphic designer or simply passionate about creating visual masterpieces, this is your chance to shine. Submit your unique designs and stand a chance to win exciting cash prizes. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to leave your artistic mark on ASA's SSGG section. Join the creative adventure today and make a lasting impression with your extraordinary skills!


Webinar: Tips for (Your First) JSM!

Nancy Zhang (Penn) and Michael Wu (Fred Hutch)

Time: Thursday July 27 1-2PM PST 4-5 PM EST.


Panel Discussion: Industry Careers and Internships

John Palcza (Merck), Audrey Y. Chu (GSK), Olukayode Sosina (Regeneron), Jingchunzi Shi (23andMe)

Thursday, May 25, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST


ASA-SSGG Short Course Series: Selective Introduction to Multi-Omics Analysis

      Rick Chang, Sierra Niemiec, Dr. Jack Pattee, Wenjia Wang (Course Instructors)

Dr. George Tseng and Dr. Katerina Kechris (Course Directors)

Date/Time: April 11, 13, 18, 20, 2023 (4x90min live sessions over two weeks). 3:00-4:30pm (Eastern)


Webinar: Bayesian Methods for Spatially Resolved Transcriptomics Data Analysis

      Qiwei Li (University of Texas at Dallas)

Date/Time: Mar 27, 2023 02:00 PM EST


Webinar: Recommendations on the use and reporting of race, ethnicity, and ancestry in genetic research

      Alyna Khan (University of Washington)

      Dr. Sarah C. Nelson (University of Washington)

Date/Time: 02/28/2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM (Eastern) / 10:00 - 11:00 AM (Pacific)


Panel Discussion: NIH Grant Funding and Grant Review
Dr. Katerina Kechris (University of Colorado)
Dr. Jingyi Jessica Li (University of California, Los Angeles)
Dr. Li-Xuan Qin (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
Dr. Grzegorz A. Rempala (The Ohio State University)

Date/Time: Jan 31, 2023. 02:30 - 03:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) 


Webinar: Manuscript Writing Tips and Guidelines

Speaker: Drs Mingyao Li and Sanjay Shete 

Time: Nov 17, 2022 01:00 PM (Eastern)


Webinar: Multivariate Integration of Multi-Omics Data

Speaker: Dr. Kim-Anh Lê Cao

Time: Oct 24, 2022 05:00 PM (Eastern)


Career Panel: Grant Application Panel Discussion

Dr. Saonli Basu, University of Minnesota
Dr. Mingyao Li, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Victoriya Volkova, NIH BMRD SRO
Dr. Judy Huixia Wang, NSF DMS PD

Date/Time: Jun 16, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Webinar: Using Genomic Data Repositories for Secondary Analysis: Promises and Challenges
Speaker: Dr. Saonli Basu 
Time: Apr 25, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Webinar: Multi-Omics Integration: Problems, Potential and Promise
Speaker: Dr. Katerina Kechris (Colorado School of Public Health) 
Title: Time: March 21,  2022, 1-2 pm in Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Short Course: An Introduction to Deep Learning in Omics
Speaker: Dr. Wei Sun (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)
               Dr.  Nancy Zhang (the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania)
Time: Jan 11, 13, 18, and 20, 2022, 3pm-4:30 pm in Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Webinar: Leveraging Mentorship
Speaker: Dr. Ruth Gotian
Time: Feb 7,  2022, 1-2 pm in Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Webinar: Network-based methods for analysis of microbiome and metabolomic data
Speaker: Dr. Jing Ma (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)
Title: Time: Nov 22, 2021 12 pm in Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Webinar: Advanced statistical methods for genetic association studies 
Speaker: Dr.  Zhengzheng Tang (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Time: Oct 25, 2021, 02:00PM  in Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Webinar: Statistical Methods for Analysis of Heterogeneous Tumor Samples

Speaker: Dr. Wenyi Wang
Title: Time: Sep 20, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Annual Business Meeting
Data/Time: on August 13th 1:00-2:30 PST/2:00-3:30 MST/3:00-4:30 CST/4:00-5:30 EST

Career Panel: Time Management, Research Strategy and Healthy Habits for Graduate Students

Moderator: Nicholas Weaver
   Dr. Kelsey Grinde, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Macalester College
   Dr. Rui Duan, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard University
   Dr. Danielle Braun, Senior Research Scientist in Biostatistics, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 
Date/Time: Jun 28, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Webinar: Statistical Genomics at Procter and Gamble

Speaker: Drs. Dionne Swift and Kellen Kresswell (Data and Modeling Sciences Organization)
Date/Time:Jun 24, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Webinar (jointly hosted with WNAR): Computational Analyses of Multi-Modal Single-Cell Data

Speaker: Dr. John Marioni (
Date/Time:May 28 2021 at 1 pm EDT


Webinar: Genetics of Within-Subject Variability and Diabetes Complications

Speaker: Dr. Jin Zhou. Associate Professor, University of Arizona
Date/Time:April 26 2021 at 4 pm EST


Webinar: Interrogating the Gut Microbiome: Estimation of Bacterial Growth Rate and  Prediction of Biosynthetic Gene Clusters

Speaker: Dr. Hongzhe Li/Hongzhe Lee, Perelman Professor of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, Director, Center for Statistics in Big Data, Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and InformaticsUniversity of Pennsylvania.
Date/Time: March 22 2021 at 2 pm EST


Webinar: Addressing bias in genetic epidemiology for admixed populations

Speaker: Dr. Genevieve Wojcik, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Date/Time: February 22 2021 at 2 pm EST (11 am PST).