Joseph Terwilliger in Tunisia

June 23, 2023

The Columbia Global Centers | Tunis team was delighted to welcome Joseph Terwilliger, a member of our Faculty Advisory Committee, during his recent visit to Tunisia for the Precision Medicine Academy, a collaborative initiative we are proud partners in.

During his stay, we had the opportunity to engage in discussions about potential collaborations and the future of the Logical Reasoning in Human Genetics course, an ongoing partnership between the Tunis Center and Institut Pasteur.

More from Joseph Terwilliger: 

"My research is focused on the development and application of computer software for statistical genetics applications. This includes software for joint linkage and linkage disequilibrium analysis on arbitrarily large pedigrees (Pseudomarker) and software for assisting in the study design process for linkage and linkage disequilibrium analysis (Detectance). I am also involved in software development for simulating the evolution of phenogenetic relationships on a genome-wide scale (ForSim).

In addition, I am actively engaged in study design and data analysis from various field studies worldwide, including countries such as Kazakhstan, Finland, Korea, Venezuela, Mongolia, Russia, China, and Sweden. To further the applied aims of my work, I organize and teach workshops on "Logical Reasoning in Human Genetics" in developing regions, where the potential for human genetic resources far surpasses what we could achieve in cosmopolitan western societies.

Currently, I serve as a co-principal investigator on an exchange program between Columbia University and Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, DPR Korea, which is funded by the President's Global Initiative Fund. I also have the privilege of teaching evolutionary genetics at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, and have been actively collaborating with the American Association for the Advancement of Science on their science diplomacy programs with North Koreans for many years."