The Laboratory of Genetics welcomes its newest faculty member in the Department of Medical Genetics, Dr. Justin Wolter, currently at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research uses a cell culture-based approach to understand neurodevelopmental disease. Through this work he was awarded a 2021 Young Investigator Award by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, and in 2022 a K01Research Scientist Development Award from NIH. The excerpt below, from a recent faculty highlight by the Center for Genomic Science Innovation, reflects his path from Psychology to cell biology
“A single genetics course completely changed Dr. Justin Wolter’s career path. As an undergraduate at Utah State University, Wolter happened to take a genetics class during his last semester pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Now, 17 years later, he joins UW-Madison’s Laboratory of Genetics and the School of Medicine and Public Health as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Wolter is using cutting-edge genomic approaches to study how genetic diversity shapes brain development, and how changes in development affect risk and resilience to neurological disorders.”
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