Sarah Tishkoff

Office Address: 

428 Clinical Research Building



  • PARC Associate Sarah Tishkoff is featured on WHYY for a recent guest lecture she gave at New Jersey private school on the social construction of race as a biological category. "I feel like we have to talk about [race] because if we don’t, it’s just going to promote misunderstanding.”

  • PARC Associate Sarah Tishkoff counters a controversial theory which claims that race-based genetic variants correlate to advances in human culture in a Wired article. “That doesn’t mean somebody won’t find something some day. Maybe it’s possible, but I don’t think there’s any evidence right now that supports those claims,” says Tishkoff.

  • On the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Science Friction” podcast, PSC associate Sarah Tishkoff discusses the limits of genetic-testing databases. Tishkoff says that to provide accurate results, DNA-testing companies need to improve both their databases’ representation of ethnically diverse populations and their ability to distinguish between ethnic groups.

David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Genetics and Biology

Ph.D., Genetics, Yale University, 1996

Recent Publications


  • UPenn Research Ethics and Policy Series (REPS): Sarah Tishkoff on the Ethics of Genomics Research Involving Indigenous Populations in Africa
  • ASHG 2019 Curt Stern Award Presentation and Lecture: Sarah Tishkoff on Understanding African Genomic History
  • Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny Symposium: Sarah Tishkoff on Human Population Genetics and Origins