Software identified the METTL3 gene (left) as a potential "driver gene" for bladder cancer. The closeups below show areas with genetic mutations.
Identifying which gene mutations are most likely to propel cancer forward can help doctors treat cancer patients more effectively and help researchers better understand the biology of cancer. But finding these “driver” genes isn’t easy. Any cell can and will acquire gene mutations, but only a fraction of those aberrations have the potential to survive, proliferate and create tumors.
Four University of Chicago faculty members have earned prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships, awarded to early-career scholars whose achievements and potential mark them as the next scientific leaders.
Thanks to a generous gift from Human Genetics Alum Nan Xiao, the Department of Human Genetics is pleased to announce the establishment of the "Nan Xiao prize for computational reproducibility".
Congratulations John Blischak - 2018 winner of the "Nan Xiao prize for computational reproducibility" for his leadership role in computational reproducibility in applications, and especially development of the R package workflow.
Human Gentics student Kevin Magnaye has received a Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award. His advisor is Carole Ober, PhD.
Human Genetics student Charles Washington III is a 2018 HHMI Gilliam Fellow. The Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study is awarded to exceptional graduate students who are committed to increasing diversity among scientific leaders. His advisor is Carol Ober. Congratulations Charles!
Michelle Stein won the Best Dissertation award within the BSD for the 2017-2018 academic year. Her thesis focused on studying the disparity in asthma rates between two US founder populations with similar genetic ancestries and lifestyles: the Hutterites of South Dakota and the Amish of Indiana.
By probing the differences between two farming communities -- the Amish of Indiana and the Hutterites of South Dakota -- an interdisciplinary team of researchers found that specific aspects of the Amish environment are associated with changes to immune cells that appear to protect children from developing asthma.
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