Welcome to my website!

My name is Tilman R. Achberger. For the past few years I've been a graduate student in the Department of Statistics at Purdue University, where I graduated with my Ph.D. in May of 2011. My dissertation was in the field of statistical genetics. Statistical genetics presents a unique set of challenges as it integrates work in computer science, biology and statistics. In addition to being intellectually satisfying, this field is currently a hot research area with interest from academic groups, government agencies and industry.

My research interest was primarily in Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) mapping. In simple terms, QTL mapping aims to find regions of the genome that are significantly associated with various traits in an organism. I'm particularly interested in developing novel methods for integrating multiple traits from multiple different sources of measurements into one statistically powerful analysis that is more informative than analyzing each trait one at a time. In addition to my own research, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in a number of projects that have allowed me to explore other areas of statistical genetics. My advisor, Professor Rebecca W. Doerge, has been the source of all of these interdisciplinary projects. Additionally, my research has been greatly helped by collaborations with a pair of Professor Doerge's colleagues, Professor David E Salt and Professor James C Fleet.

After leaving Purdue University I will be working for Google Inc. in Mountain View, California.

Please feel free to contact me at tilmanachberger@gmail.com.