Lab Members:

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Principal Investigators

Carole Ober
Carole Ober
Blum-Riese Professor

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Jayant Pinto
Jayant Pinto
Associate Professor of Surgery

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Jayant Pinto
Emma Thompson
Research Associate (Assistant Professor)

I am interested in the identification of genes contributing to airway hyperresponsiveness using integrated genetic, genomic, and physiologic approaches in airway smooth muscle cells.

Postdocs

Jessie Nicodemus-Johnson
Jessie Nicodemus-Johnson
American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellow

Investigating the effects of genetic and epigenetic variation on airway epithelial cell transcriptional response in asthmatic and non-asthmatic airways.

Graduate Students

Katie Igartua
Katie Igartua
Department of Human Genetics

Identifying genes and understanding their patterns of association in asthma and other complex phenotypes, with a focus in rare variation
Sahar Mozaffari
Sahar Mozaffari
Department of Human Genetics

My research interests focus on identifying the contribution of genetic variation to complex traits, specifically fertility and reproductive phenotypes.
Michelle Stein
Michelle Stein
Department of Human Genetics

Investigating the genetics of inter-individual variation in immune response, with an emphasis on gene by environment interactions.

Undergraduate Students

Gabi Cipriano
Gabi Cipriano
Undergraduate


Veronika Kondev
Veronika Kondev
Undergraduate


Marcus Marable
Marcus Marable
Undergraduate


Research Staff

Rebecca Anderson
Rebecca Anderson
Genetic Counselor

Coordination of patient recruitment for asthma genetic studies, and coordination of Hutterite field trips and phenotype databases; CF carrier screening in the Hutterites
Christine Billstrand
Christine Billstrand
Senior Research Staff

HLA-G polymorphisms and adverse pregnancy outcomes; tissue culture and cell transformations
Kathleen Murray
Kathleen Murray
Research Coordinator

Coordinator of the Chicago Lying-In Pregnancy Program (CLIPP), an Obstetrics/Pediatrics/Genetics biobanking initiative
Katherine Naughton
Katherine Naughton
Research Technologist

Laboratory management, sample processing, nucleic acid isolation, quantitation, and genotyping.
Raluca Nicolae, DDS
Raluca Nicolae, DDS
Research Professional Associate (Senior Research Staff)

Technology development and management of sample collections
William Wentworth-Sheilds
William Wentworth-Sheilds
Database Administrator

Visiting Faculty

Abdalla Abed
Abdalla Abed
Fullbright Scholar
Associate Professor in Human genetics
Islamic University - Gaza, Palestine

I am applying integrated genetic, genomic and epigenetic approaches to the discovery of common disease-associated genes in consanguineous families
Kyung Won Kim
Kyung Won Kim
Assistant Professor in Allergy, Respiratory and Critical Care
Yonsei University College of Medicine
Seoul, Korea

I am interested in the investigation of pathogenesis of allergic diseases, especially the influence of genetics and epigenetics and their interaction with environment.

Ober Lab Address

University of Chicago
Department of Human Genetics
920 E. 58th St. CLSC 431F
Chicago, IL 60637

Tel: (773) 702-5898
Fax: (773) 834-0505


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