PhD Defense – DNA Methylation in Asthma

Abeer Altuwaijri will defend his PhD titled: “Role of DNA methylation in common disease: analysis of two asthma-associated regions”. Abeer is a PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. Anna Naumova.
The defense will be held in Strathcona Room W-315F.

You can brush up on DNA methylation and disease in this Nature Review


PhD Seminar – Population-based approaches for copy number variation

Today 4pm!!! Jean Monlong will be presenting his PhD project developing his PopSV pipeline, titled: “Population-based approaches to characterize copy number variation in healthy individuals and disease cohorts” at Stratacona Room W-315F.

Jean is a PhD student / R Wizard, focused on bioinformatics tool development in Dr Guillaume Bourque’s group at the Genome Center.

PhD Defense – Studying complex traits in the post-GWAS era

Andréanne Morin will defend her PhD research this Friday October 6 at 3pm  in Room N7/1 (Stewart Bio). Her full title is: “Studying complex traits in the post-GWAS era: applications to investigate asthma and allergy-related traits”.

To curb your curiosity until then, here are a few interesting readings:

The Genetics of Asthma and Allergic Disease: A 21st Century Perspective

The Atopic March: Progression from Atopic Dermatitis to Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma

Become (perhaps) a Champion: Register for Intramurals

We hope you all are excited for another year in the human genetics department. Why not maintain momentum and high energy through the semester by playing a recreational sport with your peers! All skill levels are welcome! We will be funding an intramural 7v7 soccer team and volleyball team this year at half cost. Depending on the number of participants, those activities should be available for 5-10$ for the season.

If you are interested in joining us for one or both of these sports teams this fall semester, please send us an email at by Friday, September 22, 2017, so that we can finalize the costs for each member and register you online for the team.

Enrique Gamero Estevez will also be putting together a basketball team so if you would like to join that team please send him an email at for further details.

Looking forward to seeing you all out on the field/court!