Recipient of the Gabriele Wienhausen Biological Sciences Scholarship for 2023-2024 at UC San Diego and a second runner-up for the 2023 Triton Student Employee of the Year Award!
Montana joined the Palmer Lab in May of 2023. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Vermont.
Her previous research examined the effects of genetic diversity on electrophysiological and neurobehavioral traits in epilepsy mouse models.
Her scientific interests span neurodevelopment and psychiatric disorders, and she is excited to apply quantitative genetics approaches to model systems in the Palmer Lab.
Montana is glad to be back in San Diego where she enjoys the beach, biking, playing with her dog, and going on adventures outside with friends and family.
Robert joined the Palmer Lab in May of 2023. He holds a PhD in Physiology, Biophysics, and Systems Biology from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and he completed postdoctoral work at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, IBM Research, and Scripps Research.
Prior to joining the Palmer Lab, he worked on developing and applying computational tools for analyzing molecular measurements and binary classification tasks.
His interests are in applying his background to problems in genetics, genomics, and transcriptomics in the Palmer and Mohammadi Labs.
Abraham Palmer is an author on the manuscript titled “A Novel Quantitative Trait Locus Implicates Msh3 in the Propensity for Genome-wide Short Tandem Repeat Expansions in Mice,” which was recently accepted for publication in Genome Research.*
*The final citation details will be added/cover will be updated as soon as they are available.
The manuscript “Genome-wide Association Studies of Human and Rat BMI Converge on Synapse, Epigenome, and Hormone Signaling Networks” has been provisionally accepted for publication as a research article at Cell Reports.
Published in Cell Reports: 22 May 2023
The manuscript titled “CADM2 is Implicated in Impulsive Personality and Numerous Other Traits by Genome- and Phenome-wide Association Studies in Humans and Mice” was accepted in Translational Psychiatry.
Published in Translational Psychiatry: 12 May 2023
Ben Johnson joined the Bioinformatics team at Palmer Lab in March 2023. He received a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University with concentrations in Ecological Genetics, Population Biology, Systematics, and Physiological Ecology.