Center & Institute Affiliation(s):
My primary research interest is to understand the molecular underpinnings of autism. Recent evidence suggests both genetic and environmental factors are involved in the etiology of autism yet no single factor has been conclusively identified to date. My research is focused on integrating genome-wide genotyping, genome-scale epigenetic, and prenatal environmental exposure data, at a population level, to understand how each factor alone and in combination influences autism risk. This work is carried out through collaborations with the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED) and Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI) studies.
I am also interested in developing the emerging field of epigenetic epidemiology, more generally. As a member of the Center for Excellence in Genome Sciences, I work on multiple projects to develop and apply new methods to investigate the epigenetic basis of several common human diseases.
Honors and Awards
2009 Mette Strand Young Investigator Award
autism, epigenetics, genetic epidemiology, gene-environment interaction