WashU Genetics graduate student publishes paper in Genetics

James Allen, Ph.D., a graduate student in the Johnson Lab and the Skeath Lab, recently had a paper published in Genetics. The paper, “Maintenance of Melanocyte Stem Cell Quiescence by GABA-A Signaling in Larval Zebrafish,” includes senior authors James B....

Tychele Turner gets R00 grant funded by NIH

Tychele Turner, Ph.D., an incoming Assistant Professor of Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, recently got NIH funding for her project, “Nature and contribution of noncoding, regulatory mutations in neurodevelopmental...

Province Lab wins $68M NIH grant for longevity sequencing study

The Province Lab and an international team of researchers won a five-year, $68 million NIH grant to study the genetic basis of exceptional human longevity. Principal investigator Michael Province, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Genetics at Washington University...

Mitra Lab welcomes new lab members

The Mitra Lab recently welcomed new lab members. India Reiss joined the lab as graduate student, Josh Langmade joined the lab as a staff scientist, and Jess Cohn joined the lab as a postdoctoral research associate. Welcome to all!

Mitra Lab postdoc publishes paper in PNAS

Christian Shively, Ph.D., a postdoc in the Mitra Lab, recently had a paper published in PNAS. The paper, “Homotypic cooperativity and collective binding are determinants of bHLH specificity and function,” appears in a July 24, 2019 issue of the journal....

Joe Dougherty co-author on single-nuclei RNA sequencing study

Joe Dougherty, Ph.D, Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine, is an author on a recently published paper, “A single-nuclei RNA sequencing study of Mendelian and sporadic AD in the human brain.” The...

Lawson Lab has new pre-print on natural brown adipose expansion

The Lawson Lab has a new pre-print, “Natural brown adipose expansion and remission of hyperglycemia in obese SM/J mice.” Caryn Carson and Mario Miranda, graduate students in the Lawson Lab, are first authors on the pre-print. Heather Lawson, Ph.D.,...

Susan Dutcher awarded MIRA from NIGMS

Dr. Susan K. Dutcher, Professor of Genetics and of Cell Biology and Physiology, has been awarded a MIRA (Maximizing Investigators Research Award) from NIGMS for five years. Congratulations, Dr. Dutcher!

Emily Hunter joins Dutcher Lab as postdoctoral fellow

Dr. Emily Hunter has joined the Dutcher Lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Hunter did her graduate work at Emory University. She was awarded a W.M. Keck Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Molecular Medicine. Welcome, Dr. Hunter!

Dougherty Lab postdoc gets K99 award for Alzheimer’s project

Darshan Sapkota, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in the Dougherty Lab, got funding for his K99 application. With this grant, Darshan will study the role of a new variant of Aquaporin 4 protein in brain function and Alzheimer’s disease. Aquaporin 4 is a water...

Wang Lab graduate students have paper showcased by NIEHS

Josh Jang, a graduate student in the Wang Lab, and Nakul Shah, a medical student in the Wang Lab, had their paper selected as one of the Papers of the Month by Environmental Factor from NIEHS. The paper, “Transposable elements contribute to tumor growth,”...

Dougherty Lab publishes paper about EWOCs and autism research

The Dougherty Lab published a paper recently in Autism Research, “Erroneous inference based on a lack of preference within one group: Autism, mice, and the social approach task.” The paper looks at  Erroneous Within‐group Only Comparisons, or EWOCs, a term...

Dr. Gary Stormo honored with faculty achievement award

Gary Stormo, Ph.D., the Joseph Erlanger Professor in the Department of Genetics and the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at the School of Medicine, will receive the Carl and Gerty Cori Faculty Achievement Award in 2019. Dr. Stormo will receive his award...

Dougherty Lab awarded grant for fetal opioid exposure project

The Dougherty Lab was recently awarded a pilot grant from the Center for Clinical Pharmacology for its project, “A new model to understand the developmental deficits associated with fetal exposure to opioids.” Principal Investigators are Ream Al-Hasani,...

Dutcher Lab researches ultrasound and ciliated cell movement

The Dutcher Lab is working with an interdisciplinary team of researchers to develop a new method that uses ultrasound waves to trap cells propelled by cilia, and then releases them to measure their movement as they swim away. Susan Dutcher, professor of genetics and...

Wang Lab publishes new paper on WashU Epigenome Browser

The Wang Lab published a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research, “WashU Epigenome Browser update 2019.” The paper discusses new features of the WashU Epigenome Browser including visualization using virtual reality, expanded public data hubs, and a a feature...

Morris Lab publishes paper on CellTag Indexing

The Morris Lab published a paper recently in Genome Biology. The paper, “CellTag Indexing: genetic barcode-based sample multiplexing for single-cell genomics,” presents “CellTag Indexing as a broadly applicable genetic multiplexing tool that is...

Schedl Lab publishes article on reproductive aging in C. elegans

The Schedl Lab recently published an article in Development journal. The article, “Rapid, population-wide declines in stem cell number and activity during reproductive aging in C. elegans,” shows that while sporadic defects explain the sterility of some...

Lawson Lab graduate student inducted into graduate honor society

Alex Miranda, a graduate student in the Lawson Lab, was recently inducted into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. The society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in graduate education. Congratulations, Alex!

Medical Genetics Awareness Week kicks off April 2

The first Medical Genetics Awareness Week kicks off on April 2, 2019 with the theme “Celebrating the Contributions of the Entire Medical Genetics Team to Patient Care.” Through this event, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) “aims...

Morris Lab updates preprint on CellTag-based multiplexing

The Morris Lab has updated their preprint on CellTag-based multiplexing. In the updated preprint, the lab now shows the advantage of a “living label” for tracking cells in an in vivo competitive transplant setting. Lab members found that their transplanted...

Kow Essuman from Milbrandt Lab wins 2019 O’Leary Prize

Kow Essuman, a graduate student in the Milbrandt Lab, is one of two winners of the 2019 O’Leary Prize. Yesterday Kow gave a short presentation of his research at the O’Leary Prize Competition on the Medical Campus, which was enough to convince the judges that he...

Genetics graduate students finalists for O’Leary Prize

Kow Essuman, a graduate student in the Milbrandt Lab, and Alex Russo, a graduate student in the DiAntonio Lab, are finalists for the O’Leary Prize. As finalists, Kow and Alex will give short presentations of their research at the O’Leary Prize Competition on...

Cohen Lab postdoc receives NIH K99 career award

Max Staller, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Cohen Lab at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, got a K99 career award from National Institutes of Health. His project, “High-Throughput Functional Interrogation of Mammalian Activation...

Zach Pincus receives first R01 award

Zach Pincus, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine, received his first R01 grant from National Institutes of Health. His project, “Discover Determinants of Individual Lifespan and Health,” will...

Dougherty lab shares new preprint arguing against EWOCs

The Dougherty lab recently shared its new preprint, “Erroneous inference based on a lack of preference within one group: autism, mice, and the Social Approach Task.” In the paper, the lab argues using statistical principles and data simulations that...

Dougherty lab graduate student accepts postdoc position at UCLA

Nathan Kopp, a graduate student in the lab of Joe Dougherty, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics, recently was accepted to a dual clinical genetic counseling/postdoc position at UCLA. Congratulations, Nathan! Read more about Nathan and his work in...

Dougherty lab publishes paper on local translation in neurites

The Dougherty lab had a paper published recently in eNeuro. The paper, “The differences in local translatome across distinct neuron types is mediated by both baseline cellular differences and post-transcriptional mechanisms,” suggests that differences in...

Wang lab has preprint on co-opted transposons on bioRxiv

The Wang lab has a preprint on bioRxiv. The study, “Co-opted transposons help perpetuate conserved higher-order chromosomal structures,” shows that transposable elements (TEs) contribute regulatory plasticity that helps maintain conserved genome...

Washington University students take home prizes at ABRCMS

Congratulations to Dr. Jim Skeath, Professor of Genetics, and students in the MARC U-STAR program at Washington University in St. Louis who attended the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Indianapolis, Indiana last weekend. Tahj...

Genetics and DBBS graduate students win best poster awards at retreat

Congratulations to graduate students Celine St. Pierre, Nicolette Laird, and Gervette Penny for winning “Best Poster” awards at the recent DBBS retreat. Celine, a member of the Lawson lab, won for the Human and Statistical Genomics program (HSG); Nicolette Laird, a...

Genetics and DBBS students win best talk awards at retreat

Congratulations to graduate students Lei Chen, Dylan Lawrence, and Jared Goodman for winning “Best Talk” awards at the recent DBBS retreat. Lei, a member of the Hall lab, won for the Human and Statistical Genomics program (HSG); Dylan, a member of the...

Lawson lab has papers on diabetes and metabolic syndrome accepted

The Lawson lab recently had two papers accepted for publication. The first, “The Epigenetics of Metabolic Syndrome,” by first author Caryn Carson, a graduate student in the Lawson lab, will appear in an upcoming issue of Physiological Genomics 2018. The...

Dutcher lab publishes paper on RPGRIP1L

The Dutcher lab is on a roll with publications. The lab has a paper, “RPGRIP1L helps to establish the ciliary gate for entry of proteins,” that will appear in an upcoming issue of Journal of Cell Science. Congratulations, all!

Dutcher lab collaborates with GTAC on MAPINS paper

The Dutcher lab collaborated with Paul Cliften, Ph.D., Director of Computational Biology at the Genome Technology Access Center (GTAC) at Washington University School of Medicine, on a recent paper. The paper, “MAPINS, a highly efficient detection method that...

Ting Wang publishes paper on 3D genome browser

Ting Wang, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics, is a co-corresponding author on a paper published recently. The paper, “The 3D Genome Browser: a web-based browser for visualizing 3D genome organization and long-range chromatin...

Jeff Milbrandt contributes to paper on axon injury signaling

Dr. Jeff Milbrandt, M.D., Ph.D., the James S. McDonnell Professor of Genetics and the head of the Department of Genetics, contributed to a paper that was published recently in PNAS. The paper, “HSP90 is a chaperone for DLK and is required for axon injury...

Joseph Dougherty gets Simons Foundation award

Joseph Dougherty, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics, recently got a three-year award from the Simons Foundation for his project, “4/4 SSC ASC Whole Genome Sequencing Consortium: UTR mutation analysis.” Congratulations, Dr....

Zach Pincus gets NIH award for research project

Zach Pincus, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics, recently got NIH funding for his project, “Discover Determinants of Individual Lifespan and Health.” Congratulations, Dr. Pincus! Read more about Dr. Pincus and his research...

Ting Wang gets NIH funding for gene regulation research

Ting Wang, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics, recently got NIH funding for his project, “Decoding the Impact of Transposable Elements on Gene Regulation.” The project will be funded through June 2002. Congratulations, Dr. Wang!  Read...

Mitra lab postdoc has paper accepted by Cell Reports

Denis Avey, Ph.D., a postdoc in the Mitra and Milbrandt labs, had a paper accepted recently by Cell Reports. The paper, “Single cell RNAseq uncovers a robust transcriptional response to morphine by glia,” looks at the morphine-dependent transcriptional...

Dutcher lab has paper accepted by Plant Physiology

The Dutcher lab recently had a paper accepted for publication. The paper, “Highly efficient detection of insertional mutants in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii by MAPINS,” appears in an upcoming issue of Plant Physiology. Dr. Huawen Lin, Dr. Paul Cliften of the...

Milbrandt lab postdoc publishes paper on axon survival factors

Daniel W. Summers, Ph.D., a postdoc in Dr. Jeff Milbrandt’s lab, recently had a paper published in PNAS. The paper, “Palmitoylation enables MAPK-dependent proteostasis of axon survival factors,” shows that intracellular location imparts sensitivity...

Joe Dougherty and Robi Mitra awarded NIH grant

Dr. Joseph Dougherty and Dr. Robi Mitra were recently awarded an NIH grant. The award for the project, “Parallel Analysis of Transcription and Protein-DNA Interactions in Single CNS Cells,” supports Dougherty and Mitra’s work at Washington University...