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Article by Terry Furey’s group highlighted in Genetics

Furey and Weiser 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. … Continued



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 … Continued



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 … Continued



Three Department of Genetics faculty members are ranked as most cited in their fields

July 2, 2014

Yun Li, Karen Mohlke, and Chuck Perou are among the top 1% most cited world researchers in their subject fields for 2014. Thomson Reuters has listed Yun and Karen among the most highly cited in Molecular Biology & Genetics and Chuck in Clinical Medicine. To see the complete list and … Continued



Jim Evans and Chuck Perou are featured in a Special Section on Breast Cancer in Science

April 14, 2014

Evans and Perou are quoted regarding the risks of reporting germline mutations in numerous genes implicated in rare forms of hereditary predispositions to breast cancer. Chuck points out that there are probably 10 – 100 genes in addition to BRCA1 and BRCA2 that may contribute to breast cancer susceptibility. Both … Continued



Terry Furey and Praveen Sethupathy coauthor a Perspective in Science

Furey and Sethupathy November 15, 2013

The article discusses three reports on DNA variants in the human genome that affect gene regulation epigenetically, via sequence-specific binding-affinity of transcription factors.



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 … Continued



Samir Kelada and Praveen Sethupathy Coauthor New Article in PLoS Pathogens

July 8, 2013

In collaboration with groups at three other institutions, they identified different miRNAs that are critical “regulatory hubs” in the immune response to the parasites Leishmania major and Schistosoma mansoni. Samir and Praveen share first authorship with Isobel Okoye at the National Institute for Medical Research in London. In addition to … Continued



Chuck Perou Receives 2013 Battle Cancer Research Award

June 6, 2013

Chuck has been honored with the 2013 Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award in recognition of his accomplishments in cancer research. The Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award, established in 2007 by the Battle Foundation of Rocky Mount, N.C., recognizes exceptional cancer research at the UNC School of Medicine and … Continued



New Publications from Praveen Sethupathy’s Lab

May 22, 2013

A research article highlights a method for prioritizing variants in miRNAs by their functional significance. Two Thematic Reviews are included in a special section of the Journal of Lipid Research. The new research findings include the observation that a variant in the promoter of the miRNA let-7 may contribute to … Continued



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