Integrating behavioral data across species and making it computable and accessible to the research community.
I have used my formal training in molecular genetics in a variety of research areas: plant biology, immunology, dermatology and currently mouse behavior. I have been able to dissect the regulation of genes, identify genes underlying traits, map Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL), and identify modifier genes within different inbred populations. Currently I am using integrative functional genomics in the online software www.GeneWeaver.org, developed by Chesler et al., to bring together different types of data across numerous species and to utilize this convergent evidence to elucidate and validate the roles of genes in disease. I am also curating the addiction and alcoholism literature for the database, identifying relevant large-scale genomic studies and making these often incomputable data, computable.
2008 - Society for Investigative Dermatology Travel Award
2008 - Baltic States Summer School Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses Fellowship
2007 - Arthritis Foundation Travel Grant
2006-2009 - Arthritis Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship
2004-2006 - Selection based on teaching skills, leadership and academic performance. NIH R32 Training Grant
2002-2003 - Arthur J. Schmitt Fellowship.
2002 - American Society of Plant Biology Travel Grant
2002 - Plant Physiology Travel Grant
2000-2001 - Charles O'Hare Fellowship. Selection based upon department nomination Cold Spring Harbor Course Scholarship 2001
2001-2002 - Marquette University Research Fellowship. 2001-2002 Selection based on quality of a written research proposal.
1996-1997 - Peter Mills Internship Fellowship. Selection based upon nomination from Natural Science Department