Daniela DeCristo graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. As an undergraduate, she worked in Dr. Patrick Sullivan’s psychiatric genetics lab studying tardive dyskinesia susceptibility caused by haloperidol in Collaborative Cross mice to identify genetic predictors of TD and the regulatory impact of specific significant genes found in schizophrenia GWAS using STARR-seq methodology. In the summer of 2015, she participated in the Conte Center Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at the University of Chicago and studied SNP and VNTR genetic associations to conduct disorder using neuroimaging and computational methods.
Continuing to pursue her interests in clinical genetics and patient care, Daniela is a Berg lab research technician currently involved in the NC NEXUS project as a gene curator studying the utility of genetic sequencing used for newborn screening. With the advent of whole exome sequencing and the vast amount of genetic information that has become more accessible, she is interested in the comprehensive yet critical assessment of genes and their medical actionability especially in the early stages of pediatric genetics clinical application and implementation. Daniela also enjoys exploring the outdoors, volunteering in the Pediatric ED, playing and teaching violin through Musical Empowerment, and long-distance running.
Publications & Presentations:
DeCristo D, Crowley S, Mollison L, Wallace K, Metcalf F, O’Daniel D, Powell C, Berg J. (2017, March) Better Together: Integrating Genetic Analysis with Biochemical Newborn Screening (Abstract #581).
Poster presented at the 2017 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting on March 23, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ
DeCristo DM. (2015, November) Collaborative Cross recombinant inbred inter-crosses (RIX) for the study of the behavioral and structural consequences of chronic antipsychotic treatment.
Presentation at the Fall 2015 Biology Undergraduate Honors Symposium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
DeCristo DM, Keedy S, Gibbons R, Youngren T, Nosal E, and Lahey BB. (2015, August) Risk-associations of SNP and VNTR genetic variants to conduct disorder.
Presentation at the Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics REU Symposium 2015 at the University of Chicago
P Giusti-Rodríguez, JJ Crowley, RJ Nonneman, DM DeCristo, A Ryan, DR Miller, GS Shaw, V Zhabotynsky, W Sun, PF Sullivan, and F Pardo-Manuel de Villena. (2015, April) Collaborative Cross recombinant inbred inter-crosses (RIX) for the study of antipsychotic pharmacogenomics.
Poster presented at the Celebration of Undergraduate Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill