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Cheryl Ackert-Bicknell PhD

Associate Professor
Research Focus: Gene Regulation Osteogenesis/Osteoporosis
We focus on the genetic regulation of bone mass and the genetic causes of bone disease from the point of view of bone formation and strength. We use both forward and reverse genetics studies to interrogate the genetic causes of phenotypes critical to understanding bone quality that cannot be readily studied in human populations. These phenotypes of interest include bone composition, bone formation and mineralization by the osteoblast. In addition, we participate in many human cohort studies aimed at understanding the etiology of musculoskeletal disease wherein we determine the biological function of genes found to be associated with musculoskeletal traits. Lastly, we study the diagnosis of and the consequences of postoperative infection, with an emphasis on an infection associated with spinal instrumentation.

Emily Bates PhD

(She/Her/Hers)
Associate Professor, MOLB Non-Training Faculty Completed Mentor Training Course
Research Focus: Accepting Students Development Developmental Biology Developmental Neuroscience Fly Research Group Genomics Bioinformatics Motor and Cognitive Disorders Other Developmental Disorders Signal Transduction
We study how ion channel activity (bioelectricity) contributes to morphological development in multiple tissues (craniofacial structures, fly wings, brain, pancreas, and bone).

Ganna Bilousova PhD

Associate Professor
Research Focus: Aging Other Systems Stem Cells
My laboratory has a long-standing interest in induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and their differentiation capacity into a variety of cell types. I am particularly interested in developing experimental stem cell-based therapies for skin blistering diseases, such as Epidermolysis Bullosa, and connective tissue diseases, such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. My group also studies mechanisms of aging and the pathways that trigger rejuvenation during reprogramming into iPSCs.

Martin Breuss PhD

(He/Him)
Assistant Professor
Research Focus: Development Genomics Bioinformatics Neuro Genetics Reproductive Biology
The Breuss laboratory is interested in genomic (and cellular) mosaicism. We assess its impact on human disease and utilize it as a tool to unravel mechanisms of development and cellular homeostasis. While we are broadly interested in these questions, two of our favorite systems to study are human germ cells and the brain.

Katrina Claw PhD

Assistant Professor
Research Focus: Genomics Bioinformatics Molecular Nutrition & Metabolic Systems
My research focuses broadly on personalizing medicine, using genetic information and biomarkers for tailored treatment, in relation to pharmacogenomics as well as understanding the ethical, cultural, and social implications of genomic research with populations historically underrepresented in health research. My current research includes studying cytochrome P450 genetic variation in Indigenous communities (e.g., American Indian and Alaska Native peoples), with a focus on CYP2A6 variation in relation to nicotine metabolism and smoking cessation, as well as understanding the ways in which adaptations to diverse local environments may have impacted modern pharmacogenomic variation and evolutionary medicine. My other projects include exploring the perspectives of tribal members on genetic research with tribes and developing guidelines and policies in partnership with tribes. All of my projects strive to use community based participatory research approach and include cultural and Indigenous knowledge.

David Clouthier PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Development
Neural crest cells (NCCs) arise at the junction between the neural and non-neural ectoderm before moving ventrally around the embryo along the entire rostro-caudal axis. Cranial NCCs form most of the bone and cartilage in the face, explaining why defects in early NCC patterning are so devastating to human facial development. Our lab uses a number of cutting edge molecular and cellular techniques and approaches in both mouse and zebrafish models to dissect signaling networks that decide the fate of NCCs. We then use this information to better understand the basis for human birth defect syndromes affecting the face for which a genetic basis has not been established.

Joanne Cole PhD

(She/Hers)
Associate Professor
Research Focus: Accepting Students Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Biology Cardiovascular/Pulmonary/Renal/GI Physiology Gene Regulation Genomics Bioinformatics Molecular Nutrition & Metabolic Systems Sensory Systems
The Cole Lab uses large-scale genomics as a tool to learn more about diet's role in the body and human health, with a focus on cardiometabolic disease. Our three primary and related goals are to: 1) improve dietary phenotypes derived from diet questionnaires, 2) elucidate the underlying environmental and biological mechanisms influencing dietary intake and food metabolism, and 3) understand diet's role in human health through epidemiological approaches and human studies.

Curtis Coughlin II PhD

Associate Professor
Research Focus: Developmental Biology Genomics Bioinformatics Molecular Nutrition & Metabolic Systems
We are a translational research lab focusing on inborn errors of metabolism such as pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy (PDE), glutaric aciduria type I (GA I), and vitamin B6 metabolism. We are committed to scientist - advocate collaborations with the goal to ensure scientific advances are relevant and patient-centered. We partner with families, clinicians, and scientists to study the natural history of these neurologic disorders and the impact of therapies on clinical outcomes.

Caroline Dias MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Research Focus: Developmental Neuroscience Other Developmental Disorders
The Dias Lab is broadly interested in the genetics of neurodevelopment. We are interested in better understanding the molecular mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and intellectual disability. In order to do this, we are tackling two major challenges in the field- cellular and clinical heterogeneity.

Joaquin Espinosa PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Accepting Students Cancer Biology
Our main research goal is to understand how gene networks control cell behavior in homeostasis and human disease. Our two main focus areas are cancer biology and Down syndrome.

Tasha Fingerlin PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Biology Diabetes Genomics Bioinformatics
Research interests include: Chronic Beryllium Disease Diabetes, Type-1 Diabetes, Type-2 Genetic Epidemiology Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Schizophrenia Statistical Methods

Chris Gignoux PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Epidemiology Genomics Bioinformatics
We leverage human genetic diversity to gain a better understanding of the architecture of complex traits, using a mixture of epidemiological and population genetic methods. We have worked extensively on questions regarding human population structure, admixture, and other components of ancestry critical to modern human genetic research, as well as examined their impact on quantitative traits and disease.

Casey Greene PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Computational Biology Computational Biology and Personalized Medicine
The Greene lab focuses on performing open, reproducible, and inclusive research on topics at the intersection of machine learning, public data, and the transcriptome.

Melissa Haendel PhD

Professor
TISLab is unique in that it focuses on unifying data across sources, disciplines and forms to make them informative for new kinds of translational questions. It brings together people and their data across extremely diverse disciplinary divides, leading advances in science that aim to: (1) Cope with Climate Change; (2) Facilitate knowledge discovery for Covid-19; (3) Improve Rare Disease Diagnosis and Treatment; (4) Accelerate Cancer Research; and (5) Promote Healthy Lifestyles.

Audrey Hendricks PhD

Associate Professor
Research Focus: Genomics Bioinformatics
The Hendricks’s team mission is to be the lynch pin between biomedical research and statistical and machine learning method development. Sitting at the interface between the applied and the theoretical enables our team to develop and apply methods to improve the utility and equity of large, publicly available genetic data resources, identify the biological mechanisms of healthy diets, and elucidate the genomic underpinnings of conditions and traits.

Sujatha Jagannathan PhD

Assistant Professor Completed Mentor Training Course.
Research Focus: Accepting Students Cell Biology Gene Regulation Genomics Bioinformatics RNA Bioscience
Our lab studies how cells detect and degrade aberrant RNAs, and how dysregulation of this surveillance process contributes to human muscle development and disease.

Colleen Julian PhD

Associate Professor
Research Focus: Accepting Students Cellular Physiology Molecular Nutrition & Metabolic Systems
Dr. Julian's research focuses primarily on the mechanisms underlying human adaptation to the chronic hypoxia of high altitude and, in particular, how these processes influence maternal vascular adaptation to pregnancy, pregnancy outcome and the long-term health of of affected offspring.

Katerina Kechris PhD

(She/Hers)
Professor Director, Computational Bioscience Program
Research Focus: Cardiovascular/Pulmonary/Renal/GI Physiology Drugs of Abuse Gene Regulation Genomics Bioinformatics
Dr. Kechris’ research is focused on the development and application of statistical and computational methods for analyzing omics data sets through multiple stages of the data life cycle including processing, storage, analysis, modeling, and visualization. Specific areas include: (1) analyzing transcription factor binding and miRNA data to study regulation, (2) examining the genetic and epigenetic factors controlling gene expression, (3) exploring the metabolome and (4) integrating multi-omics data. She collaborates with investigators studying chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the COPDGene genetic epidemiology study, substance use disorders using animal models, and early life determinants of diabetes and obesity in children.

Arjun Krishnan PhD

Associate Professor
Our goal is to enable biomedical researches to effectively reuse massive collections of publicly-available data — e.g., omics, knowledgebases, unstructured text, genetic associations — to gain nuanced insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying heterogeneous traits and disease.

Ethan Lange PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Genomics Bioinformatics
Dr. Lange is a statistical geneticist with expertise in the development and application of statistical methods to genetic data. During the past 25 years, he has actively participated in numerous collaborations studying a wide-range of human diseases across a wide-range of study designs, including linkage analysis, genome-wide association studies and next-generation sequencing studies. Dr. Lange’s methodological interests primarily focus on study design for gene-mapping studies, including the use of multistage study designs and use of public genetic resources to improve power for gene discovery.

Leslie Lange PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Biology Diabetes Endocrinology Epidemiology Genomics Bioinformatics
Dr. Lange’s research focuses on research focuses on the genetic epidemiology of complex traits, primarily regarding cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and pulmonary related phenotypes. Particular areas of focus include genetics studies in understudied minorities and facilitating large multi-study genetic collaborations.

Amanda Law PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Accepting Students Cell Biology Development Motor and Cognitive Disorders
My translational research program focuses on the developmental mechanisms underlying genetic and environmental risk for schizophrenia with the aim of identifying novel biological pathways for treatment development.

James Nichols PhD

Associate Professor Completed Mentor Training Course.
Research Focus: Accepting Students Development Developmental Biology
We are interested in the mechanisms that keep development on track, even when cells are faced with deleterious changes like genetic mutations.

Paul Norman PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Autoimmune Disorders Basic Sciences - Immunology Cancer Biology Genomics Bioinformatics Host-Pathogen Interactions Infectious Disease Innate Immunity Reproductive Biology
The Norman lab researches immunogenetics, which is the study of polymorphic molecules that have critical roles during infection control, reproduction, cancer, and immune-mediated disease. We study the genetic and functional immune diversity of indigenous groups worldwide, including African hunter-gatherers, Australians and Pacific Islanders. We also study ancient humans, and perform comparative evolutionary analyses of multiple other species. The Lab focuses on the co-evolution of the HLA molecules that are expressed by healthy cells, and the KIR, which are Natural Killer (NK) cell receptors that interact with HLA to control immune cell activity.

Jill Norris PhD, MPH

Professor
Research Focus: Autoimmune Disorders Diabetes Epidemiology Genomics Bioinformatics Molecular Nutrition & Metabolic Systems Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dr. Norris' research focuses on the influence of the environment in the development of autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes (T1D), celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and multiple sclerosis in genetically susceptible individuals. Specifically, Dr. Norris examines the role of maternal, infant, childhood and adult dietary factors in the etiology of these autoimmune diseases, using dietary assessment, metabolomic and epigenomic approaches in large, at-risk populations.

David Pollock PhD

Professor
Protein, RNA, and other functional molecules that exist in living organisms are the product of millions of years of evolution. The substitutions that have occurred over the years had to have been compatible with the constraints of structure and function, and thus the evolutionary record provides critical data for understanding macromolecular structure/function/sequence relationships. In our laboratory, we use the techniques of molecular evolution, computational biology, and evolutionary genomics to exploit this record to make inferences about past biological events and to make testable predictions about the effects of mutations.

Huntington Potter PhD

(He/Him)
Professor
Research Focus: Chromosome Biology Down Syndrome & Alzheimer's Motor and Cognitive Disorders
Dr. Potter and other University of Colorado Alzheimer’s and Cognition researchers are developing novel diagnostics and treatments for neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Down syndrome (DS), which invariably leads to AD brain pathology by age 30-40. Research spans multiple approaches from biochemistry, cell and chromosome biology, exosomes, cerebral organoids, drug repurposing, and animal models, and then translating the discoveries into diagnostic and intervention trials in humans. One recombinant protein drug discovered by this process has benefited AD patients in its first clinical trial and is being further tested in AD and DS. Several other molecules show great promise.

Sridharan Raghavan MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Research Focus: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Biology Diabetes Endocrinology Epidemiology Genomics Bioinformatics Molecular Nutrition & Metabolic Systems
My research interests are focused broadly on precision medicine approaches for preventing and treating obesity, diabetes, and their complications, particularly cardiovascular disease. We use electronic health record data and genetic data as tools to understand the heterogeneity of the diabetes patient population and variability in response to interventions, to identify novel risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases, and to build risk models optimized to real-world patient populations in health systems. Our ultimate goal is to build evidence that guides individualized targeting of preventive and treatment interventions for obesity, diabetes, and diabetes complications.

Marian Rewers MD, PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Biology Diabetes Epidemiology
Etiology, epidemiology and clinical outcomes of type 1 diabetes & cardiovascular complications of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Dennis Roop PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Development Stem Cells
His current, primary research focuses on generating induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from patients with inherited skin diseases, genetically correcting these cells and differentiating them into a skin stem cell lineage, which can be returned to the same patient.

Stephanie Santorico PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Autoimmune Disorders Genomics Bioinformatics
Dr. Santorico’s research, which has been funded through multiple NIH awards, is highly interdisciplinary, bridging the areas of statistics and genetics. This has included methods and techniques for detecting genetic variation that associates with human disease, and more recently, translational research working towards disease subtypes that could inform medical treatment. She is heavily involved in understanding the genetic factors that contribute to vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that causes progressive skin bleaching.

Regie Santos-Cortez MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Research Focus: Epidemiology Genomics Bioinformatics Sensory Systems
Our goal is to identify genetic and epidemiologic factors that influence risk for otolaryngologic diseases, such as otitis media, hearing loss, vestibular disorders and obstructive sleep apnea/sleep-disordered breathing. Our studies are made possible through close collaboration with scientists and clinicians on campus and in multiple institutions within the US and the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

David Schwartz MD

(He/Him)
Distinguished Professor
Research Focus: Accepting Students Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Biology Cell Biology Epigenetics Gene Regulation Genomics Bioinformatics
Our group investigates the genetic and biological determinants of diseases that are influenced by the environment. Our previous research focused on the lungs and the immune system, trying to understand why environmental agents cause lung disease and infections in some people but not others. We have discovered that a variant of the gene TLR4 makes some people more susceptible to adverse effects of bacteria, that epigenetic mechanisms may be important in Th2 skewing, and that a variant in a mucus producing gene (MUC5B) in the lung is the dominant risk factor for pulmonary fibrosis. We are currently pursing the basic mechanisms that cause MUC5B driven lung fibrosis.

Max Seibold PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Biology Developmental Biology Genomics Bioinformatics
The Seibold Lab is focused on identifying genetic determinants and biomarkers of complex lung diseases, including asthma and pulmonary fibrosis. Many of the genetic variants that influence development and severity of these lung diseases do so by altering molecular functions in specific lung cell types. His lab is focused on identifying dysregulated molecular functions in patient lung cells, by Nex-Generation sequencing technologies. Using patient cohorts the genetic determinants of these molecular changes are then mapped. The lab is also editing the genome of these lung cells to allow detailed mechanistic studies of disease variants and better understanding of how these genetic changes increase risk of disease development.

Tamim Shaikh PhD

Professor Director, Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Program
Research Focus: Down Syndrome & Alzheimer's Motor and Cognitive Disorders Other Developmental Disorders
My research focuses on three major areas; i) Copy Number Variation in Human Disease, ii) Genome Instability and Mechanisms of Rearrangement and iii) Discovery and Functional Characterization of Candidate Disease Genes.

Maggie Stanislawski PhD

Assistant Professor
Research Focus: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Biology Microbiology Virology Molecular Nutrition & Metabolic Systems
My research examines the role of the gut microbiome in obesity and cardiometabolic disease.

Kelly Sullivan PhD

Assistant Professor
Research Focus: Cell Biology Development
Deciphering the role of interferon signaling in Down syndrome using a combination of cell-based and in vivo models.

Matthew Taylor MD, PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Biology Cardiovascular/Pulmonary/Renal/GI Physiology Developmental Biology Genomics Bioinformatics
My research laboratory studies inherited cardiomyopathies, major causes of heart failure and heart transplantation. Our work includes genetic, cell-based, model organism, and bioengineering approaches. I co-direct the International Familial Cardiomyopathy Registry and direct the International Danon Disease Registry. We are also involved in clinical trials for rare diseases including cardiac gene therapy. In 2021, I became co-director of our University of Colorado National Organization of Rare Diseases Center of Excellence. The Center is designed to expand awareness, access, knowledge, research, and clinical care for persons and families with rare diseases.

Johan Van Hove MD, PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Cell Biology Epilepsy Genomics Bioinformatics Molecular Nutrition & Metabolic Systems
I am interested in neurometabolic diseases that causes seizures, in particular in non-ketotic hyperglycinemia. I study the genetic basis, the clinical spectrum, the prediction of outcome including the relation between genotype and phenotype, the pathogenesis in animal models and human patients and the development of new treatments for this condition. I am also interested in pyridoxine dependent epilepsy and related metabolic causes of seizures. I am interested in the development of appropriate clinical tests for mitochondrial energy disorders, in the identification and proof of new genetic causes as well as the development of new treatments. Disorders of lipoate metabolism are a particular focus.

Gregory Way PhD

Assistant Professor
Research Focus: Computational Biology
The mission of our lab is to reduce human suffering by integrating biomedical data science and software engineering into drug discovery by developing new computational methods, innovative approaches, assays, and software for analyzing high-dimensional genomic, molecular, and microscopy data with a focus on pediatric diseases, including pediatric cancer and Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1).

Laura Wiley PhD

Assistant Professor
The Wiley Lab develops methods for using electronic health record data for clinical evidence generation and biomedical research in support of precision medicine. Ongoing projects include building and mining a clinical data repository to inform clinical management of intracranial aneurysms, developing tools to support abstraction of medical charts, and supporting informatics and data science needs of other collaborative projects in genomics and precision medicine. The Lab also has a strong emphasis on education, developing content to train clinical data scientists and research informaticians.

Trevor Williams PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Cancer Biology Development Developmental Biology Gene Regulation
Transcriptional regulation of mouse embryonic development.

Ivana Yang PhD

(She/Hers)
Professor
Research Focus: Accepting Students Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Biology Epidemiology Gene Regulation Genomics Bioinformatics Stem Cells
The overall goal of Dr. Yang’s research is to identify biomarkers and develop a deeper understanding of molecular pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, and granulomatous lung disease using epigenomic and transcriptional profiling, including recently developed single cell and spatial technologies. In this work, she has identified molecular subtypes of pulmonary fibrosis, transcriptomic and epigenomic profiles of environmental exposures in asthma, and epigenomic profiles of IPF and sarcoidosis. Based on discoveries of the MUC5B promoter polymorphism and cilia expression molecular phenotype of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), the Yang lab has recently specifically focused on the study of mucociliary defects in IPF.

Michael Yeager PhD

Associate Professor
Research Focus: Accepting Students Cell Biology
The primary goal of the Yeager Lab is to understand how the lung vasculature (blood and lymphatic) operates during episodes of acute and chronic inflammation. The Yeager Lab examines lung tissue and peripheral blood immune cells from patients with pulmonary hypertension, including persons with Down syndrome.

HMGGP Non-Training Faculty

Note: HMGGP Non-Training Faculty are not available to serve as primary thesis mentors.

Erin Austin PhD

Professor
Research Focus: Genomics Bioinformatics
Building statistical tools to analyze associations between genetic data and phenotypic data. Discover/cultivate interests in electronic health record data, network analysis in the PheWAS setting, gene- variant-level testing of single or multiple traits.

Peter Baker II PhD

Associate Professor
Research Focus: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Biology Cardiovascular/Pulmonary/Renal/GI Physiology Diabetes Molecular Nutrition & Metabolic Systems
Dr. Baker's research is focused on mitochondrial metabolism in relation to chronic disease. Through the Ludeman Family Center for Women's Health Research seed grant funding, he has been able to explore the effects of maternal obesity and gestational diabetes on fetal health. He is also partnering with colleagues in nephrology to characterize sex-specific effects of acute kidney injury on heart disease.

Judith Gault PhD

Associate Professor
Research Focus: Genomics Bioinformatics Psychiatric Disorders & Functional Imaging
Dr. Gault collaborates with UC Denver neurosurgeons Aviva Abosch, MD PhD and Steven Ojemann, MD and neurophysiologist John Thompson, PhD in order to identify biomarkers of psychiatric disease.

Nancy Hadley-Miller MD

Professor
Research Focus: Gene Regulation Genomics Bioinformatics
We are currently using next-generation sequencing coupled to functional models (animal and cell culture) to discover new genetic variants important to the development of Idiopathic scoliosis (IS). We are also interested in whether tissues relevant to IS — for example, bone and cartilage— harbor transcriptional differences between IS and control individuals. In separate projects, our lab is currently analyzing the transcriptomes of different tissues from IS individuals via RNA sequencing. We believe that these projects will help to discover new genetic regions important to IS, shedding much needed light on the disease process, advancing diagnostics, and paving the way for novel therapies.

Greggory LaBerge PhD

Assistant Professor
Research Focus: Cancer Biology Genomics Bioinformatics

Shawn McCandless MD

Professor
Research Focus: Molecular Nutrition & Metabolic Systems
Pathophysiology and Treatment of Medium-Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency.

Luisa Mestroni MD

Professor
Research Focus: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Biology Genomics Bioinformatics
My research is dedicated to the study of genetics of heart muscle diseases, called cardiomyopathies. Through our researches on the molecular genetics of cardiomyopathies and analysis on genotype-phenotype correlations, several genes and pathways causing heart disease have been investigated in my laboratory, from cytoskeletal and sarcomeric genes, to ion channels. We are interested in the genes causing dilated cardiomyopathy, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, left ventricular noncompaction and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

York Miller MD

Professor
Research Focus: Cancer Biology Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Biology
Mouse models of lung cancer risk; Use of genetically modified mice to assess potential lung cancer chemoprevention strategies.

Tzu Phang PhD

Associate Professor
Research Focus: Genomics Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics education.

Janet Thomas MD

Professor
Research Focus: Genomics Bioinformatics
Clinical genetics, biochemical genetics, and genetic counseling.
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