C. Lisa Kurtz, Ph.D.

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Dr. Lisa Kurtz earned her B.S in Biology from Gannon University in Erie, PA, and her Ph.D. in Medical Genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This was followed by a fellowship in Molecular Genetics at Case Western Reserve University. Her background includes translational research in multiple human genetic disorders (fatty acid oxidation disorders, polycystic kidney disease, and erythropoietic protoporphyria), the genetics of drug-induced liver disease, and the role of microRNA in metabolic disease.

Lisa joined the Berg lab in the summer of 2017 as the coordinator of the Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen) cardiovascular clinical domain working group. She oversees the multiple gene and variant curation expert panels for the four phenotypic subgroups that fall under this umbrella: aortopathy, cardiomyopathy, channelopathy and familial hypercholesterolemia. She is also overseeing the development of variant curation activities and training materials for the UNC ClinGen biocuration core.

Outside of work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, theater, and traveling.