Kevin Child, PhD and Andrea Wilderman, both from the lab of Dr. Justin Cotney, were selected as finalists for the 2021 Charles J. Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research for the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), to be held virtually October 18-22. Dr. Child and Ms. Wilderman were selected from over 500 applicants and have been invited to give presentations on their work during the ASHG virtual meeting. Dr. Child’s research focuses on the role of alternative splicing in heart development. He will discuss his current work using Nanopore long-read sequencing to confirm the presence of novel splice variants in the human embryonic heart. Ms. Wilderman’s research centers on the use of multiple sequencing-based technologies to identify tissue-specific regulatory regions and the genes they target. Her presentation will summarize her PhD thesis research using mice to characterize a novel craniofacial superenhancer region which regulates the expression of HoxA genes and affects palate development. Finalists for the award receive complimentary registration for the conference as well as $1000. Six awardees will receive an additional $1000 and will be announced at the ASHG Meeting in October.
Congratulations Kevin and Andrea!
Congratulations to Nagham who was recently awarded an F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship! She will study the role of Foxp transcription factors in cerebellar development and be jointly advised by Drs. James Li and Justin Cotney.
Check out our newest preprint on biorxiv, about our recent work in the single cell profiling of the enamel knot!
For further exploration, visit our data page.
Lab member Emma Wentworth Winchester has received the award for Best Lightning Talk at the 2021 Annual UConn Institute of Systems Genomics Networking Event, for her work on the role of cell-type specific regulatory regions in orofacial clefting and normal craniofacial variation. Congratulations Emma! You can watch her talk at this link.
Congratulations to Emma on her newly awarded F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for DMD/PhD students. Emma will be investigating the role of the noncoding genome in risk for developing caries and other oral diseases.
Emma successfully completed her qualifying exam and is now officially a DMD/PhD Candidate at UConn Health. Emma also got married this summer. Double congrats and hope to celebrate in person soon!
The Cotney lab, lead by Dr. Jennifer VanOudenhove and graduate student Tara Yankee, published a paper in Circulation Research describing chromatin and gene expression dynamics during human heart organogenesis. Check out our data on our website, our track hub on the UCSC Genome Browser, and read the paper at Circulation Research. Congrats all!
Nagham successfully completed here qualifying exam and is no officially a PhD Candidate in the Genetics and Developmental Biology AoC at UConn Health. Great job Nagham!