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...]

Center Director Stephen Rich awarded NIH grant

Dr. Stephen Rich was recently awarded an NIH grant for the study of functional significance of the SNPs identified as critical to the risk of type 1 diabetes (T1D). The study “Systematic Identification of Functional T1D-associated Non-coding SNPs using Genetic, Transcriptomic and Epigenetic Methods” involves both CPHG Resident Faculty (Onengut, Farber) and Affiliated Faculty (Guertin, Adli) as well as former CPHG member Pat Concannon. The grant started 29 September 2016 and will continue through 30 June 2021.  The project takes advantage of the T1D resource at UVA and the work that shows … [Read more...]

Charles Farber named Associate Director of CPHG

Congratulations goes out to Charles Farber! With approval from the Dean, Charles was recently appointed Associate Director of the Center for Public Health Genomics. In addition to leading the Farber Lab, Charles will now be assuming a leadership role within the Center taking on new administrative duties.       … [Read more...]