Human Genetics

Thomas H. Wassink

Thomas H. Wassink, M.D.

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My laboratory's goal is to identify genes that underlie susceptibility to a variety of psychiatric disorders, with our primary focus being autism. We use a variety of approaches in this endeavor, including positional cloning, sophisticated cytogenetic analyses, and candidate disease gene screening...
Edwin M. Stone

Edwin M. Stone, M.D., Ph.D.

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Our laboratory studies inherited eye diseases. Projects range from attempts to map disease-causing genes with linkage analysis and positional approaches to the molecular characterization of specific mutations once the disease-causing genes have been identified. Diseases actively under study include...
Richard J. Smith

Richard J. Smith, M.D.

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My laboratory is studying the genetic basis of deafness and membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis type 2 (MPGN 2). Hereditary deafness is common. It affects 1:2,000 newborns and accounts for greater than 50% of severe-to-profound childhood deafness. It also affects the elderly. Nearly 50% of...
Val C. Sheffield

Val C. Sheffield, M.D., Ph.D.

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My laboratory is interested in identifying and understanding the function of genes which cause a variety of human disorders. Our research efforts have focused on the molecular genetics of monogenic disorders, as well as polygenic and multifactorial disorders. Our research efforts have resulted in...
Jeff C. Murray

Jeff C. Murray, M.D.

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Advances in molecular biology, epidemiology, quantitative analysis and developmental biology have made it possible to identify genes involved in common complex traits in humans. Our laboratory applies these tools to study birth defects and prematurity. One project includes strategies to identify and...
Paul B. McCray

Paul B. McCray, M.D.

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Paul McCray, MD, is a pediatric pulmonologist with a long-standing interests in airway innate immunity, epithelial cell biology, and the applications of gene therapy for lung diseases. Genetic therapies for the treatment of inherited diseases The laboratory is performing studies using lentiviral and...
Alex G. Bassuk

Alex G. Bassuk, M.D., Ph.D.

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Dr. Alex Bassuk is a Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, the Division Director of Child Neurology, and holds the Stead Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurology. Dr. Bassuk is a member of the University of Iowa Graduate Programs in Genetics, Neuroscience, and Molecular Medicine, the Medical...
Michael G. Anderson

Michael G. Anderson

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Research in my laboratory is aimed at understanding fundamental physiological properties of the eye and the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying a variety of complex eye diseases. Of primary interest are the glaucomas, a leading cause of blindness that affects approximately 70 million people...