Lab Members:

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Principal Investigators

Carole Ober
Carole Ober, PhD
Blum-Riese Professor

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Jayant Pinto
Jayant Pinto, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery

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Emma Thompson, PhD
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

Nathan Schoettler
Nathan Schoettler
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine

Genetic and epigenetic responses of human lung resident immune cells to asthma promoting stimuli, and the contributions of these responses to lung-associated phenotypes.

Graduate Students

Liana Hernandez
Liana Hernandez
Human Genetics

Investigating genetic and epigenetic contributions to parturition and preterm birth.
Katie Igartua
Katie Igartua
Human Genetics

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

Elucidating the role of nuclear and mitochondrial variation on the genetic and epigenetic architecture of asthma and other complex phenotypes in ethnically diverse populations.
Sahar Mozaffari
Sahar Mozaffari
Committee on Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology

Identifying and characterizing the contribution of parent of origin effects on complex traits and gene expression.
Marcus Soliai
Marcus Soliai
Human Genetics

Exploring genetic and epigenetic responses of cultured nasal epithelial cells to viral and bacterial stimuli in chronic rhinosinutis (CRS) patients and controls
Michelle Stein
Michelle Stein
Human Genetics

Studying gene expression, DNA methylation and cytokine and immune responses in Hutterite and Amish school children.

Undergraduate Students

Gabi Cipriano
Gabi Cipriano


Alex Ho
Alex Ho


Remy Lee
Remy Lee


Research Staff

Rebecca Anderson, MS
Rebecca Anderson, MS
Genetic Counselor

Project Manager for the Prematurity Research Center; coordination of patient recruitment for asthma genetic studies; coordination of Hutterite field trips and phenotype databases; and carrier screening in the Hutterites
Christine Billstrand
Christine Billstrand
Senior Research Staff

Tissue culture and placenta processing for the Prematurity Research Center
Catherine Stanhope, MS
Catherine Stanhope, MS
Biostatistician

Statistical Genetics
Janel Huffman, MS
Janel Huffman, MS
Research Technologist

Technology development; sample preparation; genomic assays.
Kathleen Murray, MPh
Kathleen Murray, MPh
Research Coordinator

IRB and study coordination
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)

Sample processing and management of sample collections
Tiratat Patana-anake, MS
Tiratat Patana-anake, MS
Bioinformatics Programmer


William Wentworth-Sheilds, MS
William Wentworth-Sheilds, MS
Database Administrator

Visiting Faculty

Klaus Bønnelykke, MD, PhD
Klaus Bønnelykke, MD, PhD
Senior researcher, COPSAC and Clinical Associate Professor, Univ. of Copenhagen

Early origins and functional subtypes (endotypes) of asthma, allergy and eczema with a particular emphasis on genetics. I am collaborating with the Ober group to explore early gene-environment interactions in the COPSAC2010 birth cohort study.

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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