Sarah Tishkoff is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor in Genetics and Biology, holding appointments in the Perelman School of Medicine and School of Arts & Sciences. She is also director of the Penn Center for Global Genomics and Health Equity. Tishkoff studies human genetic diversity, specifically that of African populations, blending field, lab, and computational approaches.
Her work has not only elucidated African population history but also how genetic variation affects traits such as disease susceptibility or ability to metabolize drugs.
In addition to this most recent honor, Tishkoff is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of an NIH Pioneer Award, a David and Lucile Packard Career Award, a Burroughs/Wellcome Fund Career Award, an American Society for Human Genetics Curt Stern Award, and a Penn Integrates Knowledge endowed chair.