Enter into the Ph.D. Program Fall 2012
Research Advisor: Michael Hammer
Research Topic: Exploring the role of modifier genes in the genetics of epilepsy
Lab phone number: 626-0404
Lab web pagehttp://hammerlab.biosci.arizona.edu/people.html
Broadly, I'm interested in the genetics of human disease, and in the Hammer Lab, I study the genetics of epilepsy. One of my projects is investigating the role of modifier genes in Dravet Syndrome (DS), an intractable form of epilepsy with a strong genetic basis. About 70% of DS is caused by mutations in the SCN1A gene, but there is a range of phenotypic heterogeneity that may be explained other contributing genetic factors. My goal is to use whole exome sequence data from patients with DS and look for evidence of variants that contribute to the phenotype.