Due to the COVID-19 crisis, and in keeping with the policies of both UCSD and the State of California, the Palmer Lab has ceased all but essential laboratory activities and have transitioned to remote work. These changes went into effect during the second week of March. Much of our work has continued, despite the disruption. We look forward to returning to normal operations once it is safe to do so.
Denghui Chen joined the Palmer Lab in March 2020 as a Research Data Analyst. He graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. He is passionate about the applications of machine learning to biomedical analysis and wishes to pursue a career in academia in the bioinformatics field. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, cooking, wine tasting, painting and short walks at Black’s Beach for sunsets. Welcome, Denghui!
Daniel Munro joined the Palmer Lab as a Postdoc in March 2020. Dan received his PhD in Quantitative and Computational Biology from Princeton University where he studied cancer mutations, gene expression patterns, and protein variants. He is working on a joint project with Pejman Mohammadi at The Scripps Research Institute to study regulatory variation in rats. Dan also enjoys graphic design and web development. Welcome, Daniel!
Joel Leal joined the Palmer Lab in March 2020 as a Postdoctoral scholar. He graduated from the University of Florida with a PhD in Animal Sciences and a major in Genetics. He has performed high density association analysis, RNAseq studies, eQTL and sQTL mapping, and incorporated SEM analysis to QTL mapping for complex phenotypes. He aspires to continue performing research on animal genetics with a focus on uncovering the genetic architecture of complex phenotypes. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, cycling and drawing. Welcome, Joel!
Dr. Abraham Palmer has been selected by the International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society as the recipient of the 2020 IBANGS Distinguished Investigator Award. “The Distinguished Investigator Award honors a scientist who is 7 or more years post first faculty or faculty-equivalent appointment, and whose area of research is in behavioural and neural genetics.” Congratulations, Abe!
DRS. ABRAHAM PALMER AND SANDRA SANCHEZ ROIGE’S ARTICLE ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION IN NATURE NEUROSCIENCE
The article, “Emerging phenotyping strategies to advance our understanding of psychiatric genetics,” has been accepted for publication in Nature Neuroscience. Drs. Abraham Palmer and Sandra Sanchez-Roige are co-authors.
The book chapter, “Steep Discounting of Future Rewards as an Impulsivity Phenotype: A Concise Review,” has been accepted for publication. Drs. Abraham Palmer and Sandra Sanchez-Roige are co-authors along with Emily Levitt and James MacKillop.
The full citation is as follows:
Levitt:, E., Sanchez-Roige, S., Palmer, A., & MacKillop, J. (in press). Steep discounting of future rewards as an impulsivity phenotype: a concise review. In H. deWit & D. Jentsch (Eds.) Recent Advances in Research on Impulsivity and Impulsive Behaviors and Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences. Springer: New York.
Dr. Abraham Palmer, Dr. Riyan Cheng, Xinzhu Zhou, and Apurva Chitre’s article accepted for publication in G3
The article, “Genome-wide association study in two cohorts from a multi-generational mouse advanced intercross line highlights the difficulty of replication due to study-specific heterogeneity,” has been accepted for publication in G3. Drs. Abraham Palmer and Riyan Cheng, and Xinzhu Zhou and Apurva Chitre are co-authors along with Celine St. Pierre, Natalia Gonzales, Jennifer Zou, and Greta Sokoloff.
Drs. Abraham Palmer and Sandra Sanchez Roige’s Article Accepted for Publication in Addiction Biology
The article, “Shared Genetic Risk between Eating Disorder- and Substance-Use-Related Phenotypes: Evidence from Genome-Wide Association Studies,” has been accepted for publication in Addiction Biology. Drs. Abraham Palmer and Sandra Sanchez Roige are co-authors along with Dr. Melissa Munn-Chernoff.
Dr. Abraham Palmer has been named a Fellow (i.e., senior or honorary member) in two professional organizations: the American College of Neurpsychopharmacology (ACNP) and the International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS). Congratulations, Abe!