Neurogenetics and Immunogenetics

The overall objective of my program of research is to use a clinical genetics perspective to inform the development of novel biological and non-biological interventions to improve outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disorders and to support their families.

Human pedigree and population genetics, and mouse modeling of neurodegenerative disease – designed to inform therapeutic development.

Neurological mutant mice are used as entrees into studying the genetics, cell biology and development of genes that are critical to nervous system development.

Neurogenetics, Huntington disease and other triplet repeat disorders, transgenic/knockout mice, mouse models of human neurodegenerative disease, experimental therapeutics.

Genetic, genomic and comprehensive phenotyping studies for the autism spectrum disorders, idiopathic intellectual disabilities and other complex disorders of neurodevelopmental and/or behavioral disability.

Immunogenetics and Molecular Immunology. Cell surface proteins and Leishmania. Modulation of macrophage gene expression by M. tuberculosis.

Stem cells, vasculature, adhesion, development, and transgenics.

The immune response to cancer; development of immunotherapies targeting the cancer genome.

Chromosomal etiology of intellectual disability/autism and cancer, Molecular cytogenetics, Identification of subtle chromosomal abnormalities using whole genome arrays

Gene-based therapies for diseases of the brain and eye, cell-type specific MiniPomoters for rAAV delivery of gene augmentation and genome editing (CRISPR/cas9) therapies to cure mouse models of the human disease.

My research is focused on the identification of the molecular components implicated in highly prevalent neurological diseases; including multiple sclerosis and essential tremor by utilizing the characterization of multi-incident families and large multi-ethnic populations from around the globe.