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Genetics and Medicine faculty team up for a study of microRNAs in Crohn’s disease

July 27, 2015

Bailey Peck, a Genetics and Molecular Biology graduate student in Praveen Sethupathy’s lab, is first author of a collaborative paper, with Bioinformatics and Computational Biology grad student Matthew Weiser (Furey lab), Shehzad Sheikh, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Genetics (senior author), and Drs. Sethupathy and Furey as coauthors. The article is available online in the … Read more

Jim Evans prominent in national discussions on Genomic Medicine

February 20, 2015

Jim was one of four discussants on NPR’s “On Point” and coauthor of an editorial in JAMA The “On Point” discussion, related to President Obama’s announcement regarding the Precision Medicine Initiative, is available as a podcast. In the JAMA Viewpoint article, Jim and Michael Watson of the ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine argue … Read more

Article by Terry Furey’s group highlighted in Genetics

November 11, 2014

Matt Weiser, a graduate student in Terry’s lab, is first author on the paper, entitled “Novel Distal eQTL Analysis Demonstrates Effect of Population Genetic Architecture on Detecting and Interpreting Associations.” Standard eQTL mapping methods carry significant multiple testing burdens, limiting their ability to detect eQTL distal to the affected gene. The article describes a novel … Read more

Shawn Ahmed and colleagues publish a paper in PNAS demonstrating a novel function of two C. elegans RNA interference proteins

October 27, 2014

Shawn and Eric Miska at the University of Cambridge are senior authors on the paper, and Shawn’s former postdoc, Aisa Sakaguchi, and former graduate student, Matt Simon, as co-first authors with Peter Sarkies from Dr. Miska’s lab. This study establishes a role for small RNAs in promoting transgenerational fertility via an endogenous temperature-sensitive silencing process … Read more

Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Genetics Society of America (GSA).

September 22, 2014

Fernando will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2015. See the official announcement on the GSA web site. The GSA is the professional membership organization for scientific researchers and educators in the field of genetics, with over 5,000 members. Society members work to advance knowledge in the basic mechanisms of inheritance, from the molecular … Read more

Dr. Norman Sharpless appointed director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

August 23, 2013

Dr. Sharpless succeeds H. Shelton “Shelley” Earp, MD, as center director effective January 1, 2014. William Roper, MD, MPH, Dean of the School of Medicine, Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs, and CEO of University of North Carolina Health Care System, announces the appointment of Norman “Ned” Sharpless, MD, as director of the University of North … Read more