Khai Nguyen joined the Palmer Lab in December 2019 as a laboratory assistant. He graduated from UCI with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. He enjoys the research aspect of genetics in medicine and wishes to enter the medical field in the future. He likes adventuring, cycling, hiking, and road trips.
Bonnie Lin joined the Palmer lab in August 2019 as a data analyst. She was born and raised in San Diego. She graduated from Amherst college with a background in statistics and neuroscience. Bonnie loves the process of using data and research to address health questions and disparities. In her free time, she’s happy to enjoy San Diego’s nice weather at home and to study MBTI types (she’s an ENTJ). Additionally, she likes almost all things “green”- matcha, being vegetarian, cycling, reducing waste, etc.
Eden’s project focused on calling genotypes for the X and Y chromosomes using GBS data. She was able to adapt the pipeline for use in the sex chromosomes but discovered that imputation was much less successful because the reference genotype data that we had been using for the autosomes is much less complete for the sex chromosomes. Future work will use high and low coverage whole genome sequence data to discover and call SNPs on the sex chromosomes.
Dr. Sandra Sanchez-Roige was recently promoted from post-doctoral scholar to Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD. Funded by the TRDRP New Investigator Award, Sandra will derive psychiatric phenotypes from electronic health records from one of the largest biobanks in the US, BioVU, to perform genetic studies of substance use disorders. Sandra is also receiving funds from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD Young Investigator Award) to validate some of the human genetic findings using animal models.
Dr. Abraham Palmer recently organized a visit for Sweetwater High School students to visit UCSD and attend the annual Judd Symposium.