Sunday, September 25, 2016, 1pm – 5pm, Hyatt Regency Hotel Regency Room, Minneapolis, MN

Description:  The use of DNA based genetic markers to better understand physical characteristics of a person has evolved to the point where it is possible in some cases to go from a genotype to a phenotype.  The use of SNPs data from arrays and from sequencing has provided a resource for investigations into correlating genotype with phenotype.  In addition, ancestry informative SNPs have proved useful for the determination of ethnicity.  This Workshop will discuss some of the latest techniques used to investigate the link between genotype and phenotype.

Objectives:  After attending the HITA Workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand how SNPs can provide information about physical characteristics
  • Understand how AIM SNPs can be used to examine one’s geographic origin
  • Understand how algorithms can provide the power to develop phenotypes and identify the geographic origins or their ancestors.


Time Topic Speaker
1:00 – 1:10 Welcome and introductions Dr. Michael Baird, DNA Diagnostics Center


1:10 – 2:00 Predicting appearance from DNA Dr. Manfred Kayser, Erasmus University Rotterdam
2:00 – 2:50 The use of biomarkers to predict eye and hair coloration – The HIrisPlex System Dr. Susan Walsh, Indiana-University- Purdue-University-Indianapolis (IUPUI)
2:50 – 3:10 BREAK
3:10 – 4:00 The DREAM:  An advanced novel microarray for genetic genealogy and forensics Dr. Eran Elhaik, The University of Sheffield
4:00 – 4:40 From human identity to Cancer:  Using retrotransposable elements to answer difficult genetic Questions Dr. Sudhir Sinha, InnoGenomics Techologies
4:40 – 5:00 Panel discussion – Where the technology is headed Dr. Amanda Sozer, SNA International