Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine News

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]The Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine (CHGPM) has had a busy summer with the addition of new faculty to the Center, including Jeremy Kratz, Bryn Webb, and Jessica Lang. 

Jessica Lang, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine was hired into CHGPM on September 1st. 

Dr. Lang gained expertise in translational genomics as a K99-funded senior postdoctoral fellow at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and has had longstanding interests in epigenetic (dys) regulation in cancer. Her work has focused on how somatic mutations in SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex subunits contribute to therapeutic vulnerabilities in ovarian cancer. Her current work on the efficiency of a super-enhancer targeting drug in ovarian cancer has led to new questions on the role of super-enhancers in the ~20% of all cancers that bear mutations in SWI/SNF subunits. 

Her overarching research mission is to address clinically relevant research questions that will improve the health of ovarian cancer patients. 

CHGPM is pleased to announce that Dr. April Hall, Ph.D. MS CGC will now hold the position of Assistant Professor (CHS) in the Department of Pediatrics, Genetics and Metabolism. Dr. Hall has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Human Genetics and a MS degree in Genetic Counseling.  April was hired in 2015 as a genetic counselor within the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics and provided clinical services with a focus on general genetics, neuromuscular disorders, and inpatient genetic counseling.  In 2018, she joined the CHGPM and became the Associate Director of Research for the Masters of Genetic Counseling Studies Program. She will continue to serve in those roles. Additionally, she will serve as the clinical research manager to implement and coordinate CHGPM-related clinical research including the Undiagnosed Genetic Disease Clinic & Program and rapid sequencing for critically ill newborns. 

Dr. Hall earned her Ph.D. in Molecular and Human Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX and then her MS in Medical and Molecular Genetics – Genetic Counseling from Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN. 

New faculty Jeremy Kratz, MD Assistant Professor Dept of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology and Bryn Webb, MD Associate Professor (CHS) Dept of Pediatrics, Genetics & Metabolism began to set up their laboratories in CHGPM space on August 1st. We are looking forward to this next year as our new faculty build their research programs. 

September 20th marks the start of the fall CHGPM Seminar Series with Wendy Chung, Genomic Medicine: Opportunities and Challenges. The following dates are October 18th with Valentina Lo Sardo and November 15th with Gaelen Hess.  We break for December and start again Jan 24th for updated information. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]