Chongzhi Zang receives NIH Career Development Award

Dr. Chongzhi Zang <http://faculty.virginia.edu/zang/> was recently awarded a K22 Transition Career Development grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal of his proposed project, titled "Quantitative Modeling for Chromatin Regulation of Gene Expression in Cancer", is to design quantitative models and algorithms for studying dynamic regulation of gene expression in human cancer by integrating genome-wide chromatin profiling next-generation sequencing data. The grant starts September 1, 2017 and will last for three years. Started at CPHG … [Read more...]

Sabik named Wagner Fellow

Olivia Sabik, a Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics graduate student working in the Farber Lab, has been named a 2017 Wagner Fellow.  The Robert R. Wagner Fellowship was established by Bob and Mary Wagner in 1997 with the goal of providing support to exceptional students in graduate programs affiliated with the Biomedical Sciences at the University of Virginia. Sabik was one of nine students who received the fellowship for 2017. Congratulations Olivia! … [Read more...]

Promotion for Wei-Min Chen

Wei-Min Chen has been promoted to Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, without term, effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Chen's research focuses on the design and statistical analysis of human gene mapping data. Recently, his research has focused on the development of methods for analyzing genome-wide SNP data in datasets that include thousands of individuals. Congratulations Wei-Min! … [Read more...]

Center welcomes Clint Miller to UVA

The Center welcomes its newest resident faculty member Clint Miller, PhD, who joined UVA this summer as Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences. He was previously an instructor at Stanford University in the Cardiovascular Medicine Department. Dr. Miller earned his PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Rochester and was a postdoctoral fellow in Human Genetics at Stanford University. The Miller Lab's research focus involves the application of modern genomics to unravel complex human diseases. By integrating large-scale human genetic association data with multi-omic profiling and … [Read more...]

Sale group publishes paper in Stroke

Dr. Michèle Sale and her collaborators recently published a paper in the June 2017 issue of Stroke. The researchers' aim was to investigate the potential role of circulating von Willebrand factor (vWF) in recurrent cerebrovascular events and identify genetic contributors to variation in vWF level in an ischemic stroke population. Collaborators in CPHG were Drs. Steve Rich, Wei-Min Chen,  and Keith Keene (visiting faculty) and in the UVA School of Medicine, Drs. Stephen Williams and Brad Worrall in the Dept of Neurology. Genetic Drivers of von Willebrand Factor Levels in an Ischemic Stroke … [Read more...]

Graduate Student Olivia Sabik awarded travel grant

Olivia Sabik of the Farber Lab received a travel grant to attend the European Calcified Tissue Society PhD training course. She will spend a week in Paris learning about bone biology, and methods used in skeletal research. Each student will have the opportunity to present their PhD project and receive feedback. Students will also have a chance to network with invited speakers with both clinical and basic science backgrounds, and other PhD students. Bon voyage Olivia!         … [Read more...]

Robertson selected for Biomedical Data Sciences predoctoral appointment

Cassie Robertson, graduate student in the Rich Lab, was recently selected for a predoctoral appointment for the second year of the Biomedical Data Sciences Training Program. The purpose of the program is to help the participants develop into successful independent investigators with biomedical big data technical skills, collaborative team-building experiences, and cross-disciplinary mentorship. Congratulations Cassie!         … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Joe Mychaleckyj and Ani Manichaikul!

Two resident faculty of the Center were recently awarded research grants. Joe Mychaleckyj was awarded (with Palak Shah) a joint UVA-Inova seed grant entitled “Genomic loci linked to biomarkers of cardiac injury, fibrosis, and heart failure.” Ani Manichaikul was awarded (with Michael Cho) an NHLBI TOPMed (Trans –Omics for Precision Medicine) analysis grant entitled “Pulmonary function and COPD." Congratulations Joe & Ani!     … [Read more...]

Civelek Lab research featured in local news reports

An international genetics study by Dr. Mete Civelek and his collaborators was featured in UVA Today's March 3rd edition. The study focuses on the connection between genes in our fat cells and our risk for obesity and cardiometabolic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The story was also picked up by local news stations and includes an interview with Dr. Civelek. http://www.newsplex.com/video?vid=415511574 http://www.nbc29.com/story/34677588/uva-studying-genes-that-may-be-linked-to-hereditary-weight-gain The researchers published their findings in the American Journal … [Read more...]

Mychaleckyj Lab publishes paper in Molecular Biology and Evolution

Dr. Joe Mychaleckyj and his collaborators recently published a paper in Molecular Biology and Evolution in which the researchers detected Native American genomic regions of selection in admixed North-Eastern Brazilians. This paper is the result of a collaboration with investigators at the Federal University of Ceara, Fortaleza, Brazil. Collaborators in CPHG were Dr. Uma Nayak and the Genome Sciences Laboratory (Emily Farber), and in the UVA School of Medicine, Dr. Dick Guerrant, Professor of Infectious Diseases and previous Director of Center for Global Health, and Dr. Relana … [Read more...]