Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Scientist, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba
My academic training was mainly on genetic epidemiology, which is an interdisciplinary research field between statistics and human genetics. I have working experience on gene mapping using whole genome microarray and sequencing data for different diseases.
I am also an awardee of the CIHR autism training fellowship from 2004 to 2007. Since then, I have been involved in research projects related to the Autism Genome Project, which is an international consortium on the genetic analyses for autism.
After coming to the University of Manitoba in 2010, I initiated two research projects that are related to epigenetics using twins. Twin studies, including identical and fraternal twins, have been the gold standard in distinguishing genetic and environmental contributions to diseases. Recently, identical twins discordant for a disease (i.e. one twin is affected while the other twin is unaffected) have been widely used to identify epigenetic effects for diseases. Our projects investigate the DNA methylation profiles in normal newborn twins and will identify the disease-causing genes using twins discordant for neurodevelopmental disorders.
Currently, our research team includes two graduate students, one pre-master student, and collaborators who are experts in molecular biology, epigenetics, and child and adult psychology.
807J John Buhler Research Center