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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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

Rachel Myers
Rachel Myers

Methods development and application for identifying gene x environment and other higher-order interactions that increase risk of asthma, in collaboration with Dan Nicholae and the EVE Consortium.
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.
Kyung Won Kim
Kyung Won Kim

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

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
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

Helen Giles
Helen Giles
Undergraduate


Aditya Rao
Aditya Rao
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
Lorenzo Pesce
Lorenzo Pesce
Computational Scientist

Extending imputation procedures to new data and aspects of the human genome.
William Wentworth-Sheilds
William Wentworth-Sheilds
Database Administrator


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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