David Sankoff


David Sankoff
Full Professor, Canada Research Chair

Ph.D. (McGill)

Room: STM 635
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 3525
Work E-mail: sankoff@uOttawa.ca

Sankoff, David


Dr. Sankoff takes to the development of models, algorithms and statistical inference procedures for the comparative analysis of different genomes. Dr. Sankoff is applying mathematical approaches to the study of genes and genomes. The projects he is undertaking seeks to expand this field on several fronts including: the probabilistic modeling of the evolution of bacteria, protists and higher organisms; and the consequences of mechanisms like chromosome translocation and inversion, and gene and genome duplication for gene order evolution.

Selected publications:

  • Casesnoves Ferrer, R., D. Sankoff, and M.T. Turell. Linguistic shift and community language: the effect of demographic factors in the Valencian Region, Balearic Islands and Catalonia. Globalization and Language in the Spanish-speaking World (C. Mar-Molinero & M. Stewart, eds.) Palgrave Macmillan, 197-219, 2006
  • Zheng, C. Q. Zhu, and D. Sankoff. Removing noise and ambiguities from comparative maps in rearrangement analysis. Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, 2007
  • Xu, W., C. Zheng, and D. Sankoff. Paths and cycles in breakpoint graphs of random multichromosomal genomes. Journal of Computational Biology 14, 2007
  • Adam, Z., M. Turmel, C. Lemieux, and D. Sankoff. Common intervals and symmetric difference in a model-free phylogenomics, with an application to streptophyte evolution. Journal of Computational Biology 14, 2007
  • Sankoff, D. and C. Zheng Q. Zhu. Polyploids, Genome Halving and Phylogeny. Bioinformatics, 2007

Supervised Students and Postdocs:

  • Graduate Students:
    • Jamshidpey, Arash (Co-Supervised with Donald Dawson)
    • Larlee, Caroline Anne
    • Meghdari Miardan, Mona
    • Yu, Zhe
    • Zhang, Yue
  • Postdoctoral Researchers:
    • Zheng, Chunfang

Research Group(s): Statistics and Probability

Fields of Interest

  • Mathematical Genomics
  • Algorithms
  • Applied Probability
  • Computational biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Sociolinguistics
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