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Fellows Take the Stage at Annual Meeting of ASHG

Posted on November 03, 2017

Staff from the Laboratory of Translational Genomics and the Laboratory of Genetic Susceptibility at ASHG 2017.

Staff from the Laboratory of Translational Genomics and the Laboratory of Genetic Susceptibility at ASHG 2017.

The annual meeting of the American Society for Human Genetics offers trainees and investigators the opportunity to meet with collaborators, share their latest research findings, and learn about the cutting-edge science taking place around the globe. In October 2017, dozens from DCEG attended, and more than 15 presented posters. A select few were invited to deliver scientific presentations, among them a plenary talk on expression quantitative trait loci profiling for melanoma, given by Jiyeon Choi, Ph.D., postdoctoral visiting fellow working with Kevin Brown, Ph.D., in the Laboratory of Translational Genomics (LTG). Another four trainees gave platform presentations:

  • Tongwu Zhang, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow also in the Brown Lab, presented on his work using expression quantitative trait loci of primary melanocytes to identify melanoma susceptibility genes.
  • Leandro Colli, M.D., postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Genomic Susceptibility led by Stephen Chanock, M.D., presented his study of renal cancer susceptibility loci using a massively parallel reporter assay.
  • Rouf Banday, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow working with Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson, Ph.D., in LTG, presented his research on the genetic and molecular regulation of APOBEC mutagenesis in human cancers.
  • Kelvin De Andrade, M.Sc., predoctoral fellow working with Sharon Savage, M.D., and Maria Isabel Achatz, M.D., Ph.D., in the Clinical Genetics Branch, presented his data on the higher-than-expected population prevalence of potentially pathogenic germline TP53 variants in individuals unselected for cancer history.

A key highlight this year was the DCEG video featured in the slate of organizations profiled on ASHG-TV, which ran at two of the conference hotels, as well over the course of the conference on screens throughout the convention center. Watch the video here.