Kerstin Gärtner
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I graduated as a mathematician from the University of Heidelberg in Germany in August 2013. For my diploma thesis I analysed limit theorems for a class of Brownian semi-stationary processes. For my PhD studies I decided to turn my focus to applied mathematics, particularly as I have always been interested in natural sciences. Thus I joined the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics, where I look forward to working in an interdisciplinary environment and applying mathematical concepts to population genetic problems.

My first project aims to improve recombination rate estimators by shrinkage, when the mean squared error is considered as the measure of performance. I will also work on statistical methods for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data based on empirical Bayesian analysis where, in contrast to standard Bayesian methods, the prior distribution is estimated from the data.