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Tomorrow @ Noon: Special Seminar | Dr. Elissa Chesler


Join the UTHSC community at Noon on Nov. 14 as we welcome Elissa J. Chesler, PhD, Professor at The Jackson Laboratory in the Freeman Auditorium (930 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor). Dr. Chesler will lecture on the topic “Integrative Genetic and Genomic Studies of Addiction and Related Traits”. This event is free to attendees and light refreshments will be provided! More information can be found below. We hope to see you there!

About Dr. Chesler

Dr. Chesler is an interdisciplinary scientist who has made contributions to genetics, genomics and informatics for application to the unique challenges of disease complexity in behavior science, with a specific emphasis on genetic and genomic analysis of alcohol and substance use disorders. She received a BS from the University of Connecticut in 1995 with double major in Psychology and Biology, and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002 where she applied data mining algorithms to the study of the influence of the laboratory environment on genetic studies of behavior, an important aspect of research reproducibility. From 2002-2005 as a post doc at the University of Tennessee, she performed one of the first gene-expression genetics studies and designed many of the features on the widely-used systems genetics platform, GeneNetwork.org. Dr. Chesler then served as the group leader for Mammalian Genetics at Oak Ridge National Laboratory until 2009 where she led the production and characterization of the new Collaborative Cross mouse population, while developing resources and applications in systems genetics and integrative functional genomics for data-driven classification of disease. She is currently a Professor at The Jackson Laboratory where she leads the NIDA Research Center of Excellence for Systems Neurogenetics of Addiction, the GeneWeaver project for cross species integrative functional genomics, and continues her research on systems genetics and genomics of behavior.