Research Interests: Intellectual history of natural history in the Victorian, Islamic and Indian contexts. Transmission of ideas between the eastern and western world in the early modern period.
Mashaal is a PhD candidate in systems biology at Harvard. Her dissertation research uses genetic data to understand the varieties of natural selection operating in modern humans. She is interested in conceptions of the self merging perspectives from modern biological sciences and major philosophical schools from the eastern and western world. Before coming to Harvard, she received a B. Sc from MIT in biological engineering. She is also passionate about science communication and co-produces the Sit ‘N Listen podcast with Harvard Science in the News.
UMass EGO 9TH annual conference “Splintered boundaries: encounters, challenges, disruption,” 2017. Oral presentation, “Transmutation: the evolution of an idea”
Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution, 2017. Oral presentation, “Negative selection in humans and fruit flies involves synergistic epistasis.”
American Society of Human Genetics, 2016. Oral presentation, “Negative selection in humans and fruit flies involves synergistic epistasis.”
Mashaal Sohail, Olga A Vakhrusheva, Jae Hoon Sul, Sara Pulit, Laurent Francioli, GoNL Consortium, Alzheimers Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, Leonard H van den Berg, Jan H Veldink, Paul de Bakker, Georgii A Bazykin, Alexey S Kondrashov, Shamil Sunyaev. Negative selection in humans and fruit flies involves synergistic epistasis. Science (2017).
Virginia Savova*, Sung Chun*, Mashaal Sohail*, Ruth B. McCole, Robert Witwicki, Lisa Gai, Tobias L. Lenz, C.-ting Wu, Shamil R. Sunyaev, Alexander A. Gimelbrant. Genes with monoallelic expression contribute disproportionately to genetic diversity in humans. Nature Genetics (2016). *equal contribution
B.Sc., Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology