As the Palmer lab’s focus on bioinformatics has grown, Apurva has been appointed as the leader of the bioinformatics team, which is currently expanding from 3 to 4 full time members. She will continue to divide her time between publishing papers, continuing to develop the lab’s database and bioinformatics workflows, and working with collaborators and supervising the other members of the team. Congrats Apurva!
The Quantitative Genomics of Space Biology Workshop was held on Wednesday, May 26th, 2021. Speakers discussed recent studies and tools in quantitative genetics and its potential application to targeted flight studies and space biology. See the Agenda and Speakers here.
Dr. Abraham Palmer had presented as an expert in terrestrial Quantitative Genomics with Rodents.
Dr. Abraham Palmer was featured as a Distinguished Investigator Award Speaker at the 2021 IBANGS Meeting on May 15th, 2021. He discussed his several publications in the journal, Genes, Brain and Behavior, emphasizing the science and the researchers who were involved. His presentation in the awards seminar can be seen here.
Congratulations, Dr. Palmer!
Article co-authored by Dr. Abraham Palmer, Dr. Sandra Sanchez-Roige and Apurva Chitre accepted for publication in Genes, Brain and Behavior
The article, “Integration of Evidence across Human and Model Organism Studies: A Meeting Report”, was accepted for publication in Genes, Brain, and Behavior. This article discusses a meeting attended by a diverse panel of scientists to examine better strategies for integrating genetic, epigenetic and epigenomics data in human and model organisms to obtain a greater mechanistic insight in substance use disorders. Dr, Abraham Palmer, Dr. Sandra Sanchez-Roige, and Apurva Chitre are co-authors along with several others. Congratulations!
The new NIDA U01 grant, “Characterization of Tandem Repeat and Structural Variants Contributing to Addictive Behaviors in Mice and Rats”, was awarded to MPI’s: Drs. Abraham Palmer, Melissa Gymrek and Jonatahn Sebat. This grant serves to combine the complementary expertise of the MPI’s to produce a large-scale resource for analyzing the effects of complex variation on mouse and rat phenotypes.
The article, “Multivariate genomic analysis of 1.5 million people identifies genes related to addiction, antisocial behavior, and health”, has been accepted for publication in Nature Neuroscience. Dr. Abraham Palmer and Dr. Sandra Sanchez-Roige are co-authors along with several others. The article can be found here. Abraham and Sandra are also members of the Externalizing Consortium.
Dr. Abraham Palmer and Dr. Sandra Sanchez-Roige attended the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Virtual Workshop: “Integrating Genomics with Dimensional and Transdiagnostic Approaches to Advance Mental Health Research” as panelists on April 6th, 2021. This workshop aims to discuss the current state of psychiatric genomics and new opportunities in dimensional/alternative phenotypes that align with the NIMH research. See details of the workshop here.
The article, “The cocaine and oxycodone biobanks, two repositories from genetically diverse and behaviorally characterized rats for the study of addiction”, has been accepted for publication in eNeuro. Drs. Abraham Palmer and Oksana Polesskaya, and Apurva Chitre and Bonnie Lin are co-authors on the paper.
Dr. Palmer presented at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Center of Excellence in the Omics, Systems Genetics and the Addictome (OSGA) Webinar Series. His talk, “From GWAS to gene: What are the essential analyses and how do we bring them together using heterogeneous stock rats?”, describes the tools to analyze GWAS in HS rats and the automated pipeline that performs GWAS in HS rats. Furthermore, this talk explains the role of fine mapping of associated regions and the use of secondary analyses to prioritize genes in associated intervals.