Professor Gasch participates in NIH grant to study human genome function

Professor Audrey Gasch of the Laboratory of Genetics, along with professors Mark Craven and Qiongshi Lu in the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, and Dr. Bob Steiner in the Department of Pediatrics, have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to tackle an incredibly challenging and important series of questions related to how genomic variation influences biological function in humans.

This project is part of the new flagship program within the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) to develop new approaches to understanding the human genome. The project is one of 25 NIH National Human Genome Research Institute grants to support an Impact of Genomic Variation on Function (IGVF) consortium.

“Being able to characterize the impact of genetic variants on human traits is critical for interpreting the roles these variants play in human health and disease,” Gasch says. “This research will significantly advance our ability to predict the impact of genetic variants.  This in turn will advance many fields, including boosting the effectiveness of genomic analyses to study common diseases and identify the genetic causes of rare diseases.”

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