Bryant McAllister

Associate Professor of Biology, University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA USA

Educator Bio

My research program primarily focuses on discovering principles governing the organization of genes within chromosomes using flies in the genus Drosophila as a model. Aside from academic research, I am actively using the tools available in the direct-to-consumer genetic testing marketplace (e.g., 23andMe, and AncestryDNA) to investigate the intersection between biological and historical inferences of my family history, a pursuit referred to as genetic genealogy. Personal genetics represents an excellent educational platform for learning genetic and evolutionary principles, as exemplified by a First-Year Seminar entitled, Who are You? Revelations from The Personal Genome, I developed and teach at The University of Iowa.

Course Info

Who are you? Revelations from the personal genome is an introductory seminar course that evaluates the science underlying genetic analysis of human genetic variation and ancestry, compares the tests available from the varied companies that dominate the direct-to-consumer genetic marketplace (e.g., Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA, The Genographic Project, and 23andMe), and builds the knowledge to navigate the results obtained from the analysis of a DNA sample. Students are provided the opportunity to submit a saliva sample that is sent for analysis by 23andMe. The DNA test is available at no cost. The content and activities in the course facilitate a student being able to fully utilize genome data.

Courses Names: Who Are You? Revelations from the personal genome


Undergraduate Graduate Continuing Education

Estimate Ancestry Composition from SNP Data

Learning Objectives: Identify the discriminating information provided by allele frequency differences among reference populations for…