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Research associate, Max Planck Institute (MIS)Inselstr. 22-26, 04103 Leipzig.

Adjunct research associate at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science of Ideas, Tel Aviv University

omrit1248@gmail.com /  Omri.Tal@mis.mpg.de

Broad research goals addresses the realization of various types of biological information, esp. its manifestation in the analysis of population genetic structure and various evolutionary processes. I use new approaches from information theory and machine learning, along with ideas from mathematical gambling and portfolio theory.  

Recent Publications: 

Tal O., Tran Tat D. (2019) Adaptive Bet-Hedging Revisited: Considerations of Risk and Time Horizon. Preprint. In submission.

Tal O., Tran Tat D. (2018) New perspectives on multilocus ancestry informativeness. Mathematical Biosciences. Volume 306, December, pp 60-81. doi: 10.1016/j.mbs.2018.10.011

Tal O, Tran Tat D., Portegies J. (2017) From Typical Sequences to Typical Genotypes. Journal of Theoretical Biology 419:159–183. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2017.02.010

Granot G, Tal O, Rosset S, Skorecki K (2016) On the Apportionment of Population Structure. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0160413. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0160413

Tal O, 2013. Two Complementary Perspectives on Inter-Individual Genetic Distance. BioSystems. Volume 111, Issue 1, Pages 18–36

Tal O, 2012. Towards an Information-Theoretic Approach to Population Structure. Proceedings of Turing-100: The Alan Turing Centenary. p353-369

Tal O, 2012. The Cumulative Effect of Genetic Markers on Classification Performance: Insights from Simple Models. Journal of Theoretical Biology. Volume 293, 21 January, Pages 206-218.

Tal O, 2012. The impact of Gene-Environment Interaction and Correlation on the Interpretation of Heritability. Acta Biotheoretica. Volume 60, Issue 3, pp 225-237.

Tal O, Kisdi E, Jablonka E, 2010. Epigenetic contribution to covariance between relatives. Genetics 184: 1037-1050

Tal, O, 2009. From heritability to probability. Biol. Philos. 24: 81–105

Workind drafts:

-- Tal O. On the value of genetic vs. phenotypic inferences

Awards and Fellowships:

The Rothschild Foundation Fellowship 2012-2013Hosted at the CPNSS, London School of Economics.

NTU Singapore, Complexity Inst. short term fellowship Oct-Dec 2018.   

Patents Granted: 


Talks at Conferences & Presentations:

Academic Phylogeny:

  • Bsc Mathematics and Computer Science, Tel Aviv University.
  • MA Philosophy of Science, Tel Aviv University, Summa cum laude.
  • PhD Awarded December 2012: Tel Aviv University
    Location on Shelf: Sourasky Central Library
    Author: Tal, Omri
    Title: Heritability, variation and classification : towards a new formalization of biological concepts; [under the supervision of Eva Jablonka and Ariel Knafo]
    Published: [Tel-Aviv] : [s.n.], 2012
    System Number: 002394835
  • 2012-2013 Postdoc at the CPNSS, LSE, London.