2019 Pinn Scholars Award

Congratulations to Charles Farber, PhD from CPHG for being chosen as a recipient of the 2019 Pinn Scholars Award. Pinn Scholars are selected on the basis of their scientific expertise and contributions to the School of Medicine and to the greater research community. Pinn Scholars are expected to develop a new project or direction in their research and share their results at an annual symposium. Recipient: Charles Farber, PhD, Public Health Sciences/Center for Public Health Genomics Project: “Developing a Predictive Gene Regulatory Network for Osteoporosis” The new scholars will be … [Read more...]

3 CPHG Faculty Members join the MilliPub Club

CPHG congratulates Wei-Min Chen, Nathan Sheffield, and Chongzhi Zang on their induction into the MilliPub Club, which honors School of Medicine faculty researchers who have reached a unique milestone: having a single paper cited over 1,000 times. The names of MilliPub Club members are displayed on a plaque in the lobby of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. … [Read more...]

Civelek wins teaching fellowship to examine ethical issues in BME data science course

Dr. Mete Civelek was selected by The Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life (IPE) to receive a 2018 Donchian Teaching Fellowship.  The fellowships enable UVA faculty to develop or enhance courses that focus on ethics or incorporate ethics into other subject matter. With support from this fellowship, Dr. Civelek will revise the curriculum for his Biomedical Engineering course, "BME Data Science" to put a spotlight on ethical issues in the field. Topics covered will include informed consent, data ownership, privacy and anonymity, data validity, algorithmic fairness, and societal … [Read more...]

Redouane Aherrahrou and Warren Anderson awarded AHA fellowships

Congratulations to Redouane and Warren! Both are Research Associates in the Civelek Lab, and have been awarded an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship which will commence on July 1, 2018 and will support each of them for two years. The title of Redouane Aherrahrou’s grant is: "A novel mechanism by which the CAD risk gene MIA3 regulates phenotypic transition of vascular smooth muscle cells."  Warren Anderson’s grant is entitled: "Investigating the role of KLF14 in gene expression regulation and adipocyte metabolism."   … [Read more...]

Mychaleckyj Lab publishes research paper funded by Gates Foundation

The Mychaleckyj Lab has published the first genome-wide association study on breast milk fatty acid composition funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The paper is entitled: "Multiplex genomewide association analysis of breast milk fatty acid composition extends the phenotypic association and potential selection of FADS1 variants to arachidonic acid, a critical infant micronutrient." Collaborators on this project include Dr. Bill Petri, Professor and Chief of Infectious Disease at UVA, as well as external collaborators at the International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease … [Read more...]

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...]