NYCEP Alumnus Profile

Jenny Listman

Assistant Director Program Development & Evaluation Center for K12 STEM Education NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering


B.A. 1991, University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. 2009, New York University



Overview of Research

My research is focused on the extrapolation of human evolutionary and migratory history from genetic data of present-day human populations. Some of my ongoing research projects include inferring the demographic and migratory histories of South East Asian ?Hill Tribe? populations, the evolutionary history of genes involved in alcohol metabolism and substance abuse, and genetic relationships between and geographic origins of world-wide Jewish populations. I use a combination of microsatellite, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) chip, and next-generation DNA sequence data.

I am also interested in theoretical issues of biases in study design such as genetic marker choice, population sampling methods, gene chip design, and sequencing technology design and their effects on study results. My continuing fieldwork in Northern Thailand involves collection of saliva samples as a human DNA source from multiple ethnic populations.


Listman JB, Malison, RT, Sanichwankul K, Ittiwut C, Mutirangura A, Gelernter J. Southeast Asian origins of five Hill Tribe populations and correlation of genetic to linguistic relationships inferred with genome-wide SNP data. Am J Physical Anthropology. 2010 (In Press).

Listman JB, Hasin D, Kranzler HR, Malison RT, Mutirangura A, Sughondhabirom A, Aharonovich E, Spivak B, Gelernter J. Identification of population substructure among Jews using STR markers and dependence on reference populations included. BMC Genet. 2010 Jun 14;11:48.

Zuo L, Luo X, Listman JB, Kranzler HR, Wang S, Anton RF, Blumberg HP, Stein MB, Pearlson GD, Covault J, Charney DS, van Kammen DP, Price LH, Lappalainen J, Cramer J, Krystal JH, Gelernter J. Population admixture modulates risk for alcohol dependence. Hum Genet. 2009 Jun;125(5-6):605-13.

Ittiwut C, Listman J, Mutirangura A, Malison R, Covault J, Kranzler HR, Sughondhabirom A, Thavichachart N, Gelernter J. Interpopulation linkage disequilibrium patterns of GABRA2 and GABRG1 genes at the GABA cluster locus on human chromosome 4. Genomics. 2008 Jan;91(1):61-9.

Hirunsatit R, Ilomäki R, Malison R, Räsänen P, Ilomäki E, Kranzler HR, Kosten  T, Sughondhabirom A, Thavichachart N, Tangwongchai S, Listman J, Mutirangura A, Gelernter J, Lappalainen J. Sequence variation and linkage disequilibrium in the  GABA transporter-1 gene (SLC6A1) in five populations: implications for pharmacogenetic research. BMC Genet. 2007 Oct 17;8:71.

Listman JB, Malison RT, Sughondhabirom A, Yang BZ, Raaum RL, Thavichachart N, Sanichwankul K, Kranzler HR, Tangwonchai S, Mutirangura A, Disotell TR, Gelernter J. Demographic changes and marker properties affect detection of human population differentiation. BMC Genet. 2007