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.

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
Kevin Magnaye
Kevin Magnaye
Department of 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
Department of Human Genetics

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

Exploring and identifying the genetic and epigenetic variation that contribute to male fertility in humans using current genomic and bioinformatic methods.
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


Alex Ho
Alex Ho
Undergraduate


Remy Lee
Remy Lee
Undergraduate


Veronika Kondev
Veronika Kondev
Undergraduate


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

HLA-G polymorphisms and adverse pregnancy outcomes; 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


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)

Technology development 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


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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