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A Year Later


Hooman Allayee published several papers in 2008 dealing with genetic risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Claudine Bartels published a review of current trends in molecular diagnostics for breast cancer and leukemia. 

Gill Bejerano received a research grant award from the Okawa Foundation and a Young Investigator Award from the Human Frontier Science Program.

Philip Bradley is in the process of starting his lab, which involves applying to his first NIH grant, recruiting grad students, and setting up a computing infrastructure.

Martha Bulyk recently published a paper describing UniPROBE, an online database of protein binding microarray data on protein-DNA interactions.

Rui Chen published several papers dealing with human female reproductive genetics and a genetic large population study of Saudi Arabians.

Dana Crawford is currently working on refining Vanderbilt University's multiplexed arrhythmia genotyping platforms.

Greg Crawford has published several papers on high-resolution genome mapping and transcriptional regulators in the human genome.

Colleen Delaney produced and hosted a webcast for the Seattle Cancer Center on cord blood transplantation and its treatment applications for autoimmune diseases in children.

Laurence Etwiller co-authored a paper describing a bioinformatics method for rapid identification of PAX2/5/8 direct downstream targets.

Lars Feuk has been awarded the Future Research Leaders grant by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and will start his own research group at Uppsala University in early 2009.

Matt Hurles and his team released CNVtools, an R package for case-control association testing with copy number variation.

Amy Kiger is concentrating on elucidating the genetic basis for cell shape in Drosophila.

Anuj Kumar published several papers in 2008 and completed large-scale studies of yeast filamentous growth which revealed hundreds of genes previously unexplored in this cellular process.

Jun Li published research in Nature demonstrating that the greater the geographic distance between a population and its African ancestors, the more changes accumulate in its genes.

Vince Magrini is now a research assistant professor at Washington University's Genome Sequencing Center.

Jarrod Marto and his team are working on establishing an informatics environment that enables self-directed discovery and customization for mass spectrometry data analysis.

Josh Mendell became a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Scholar and published work describing how the Myc oncogene represses tumor-suppressing microRNAs in cancer cells.

Todd Michael is using his newly acquired SOLiD sequencer to find mutants, SNPs, and structural variants; he also uses it to perform de novo assembly of small genomes and to measure gene expression.

Madhugiri Rao authored numerous scientific journal articles and chapters; he also acted as a judge to the State Science and Engineering Fair in Florida.

Aviv Regev established a computational framework to study regulatory networks. She also won a Sloan Fellowship and the NIH Director's 2008 Pioneer Award to support her research.

Pardis Sabeti continues to perform with her band, Thousand Days, and parse out evidence of selection in the human genome.

Jonathan Sebat has been developing new approaches to gene discovery in mental illnesses such as schizophrenia based on analysis of rare structural variants.

Sarah Trimpin is now an assistant professor of chemistry at Wayne State University.

Annie Tsong is developing a graphical model to quantify conservation and systematically identify changes in promoter components of S. cerevisiae.

Jernej Ule received the ERC Young Investigator Grant and a Human Frontier Science Program grant; he also wrote a review article on RNA-binding proteins in neuro-degeneration.

Yuntao Wu and his team completed a major study identifying an essential role of the HIV-1 envelope-chemokine coreceptor signaling in facilitating HIV-1 latent infection of resting CD4 T cells.

Kun Zhang spent his first year as a junior faculty member winning R01 grants under the Human Microbiome Program and the epigenomics initiatives.

Heng Zhu continued his research efforts looking at expanding protein chip technology to various model systems.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.