January 27 in NYC: “Fishing for clues to unravel the complex genetics of autism and other brain disorders”

Please join us for a special presentation and cocktail reception on Wednesday, January 27 at 6:00 pm at Arader Gallery with researcher Jasmine McCammon and Whitehead faculty member Hazel Sive.

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About the Speakers

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Jasmine McCammon

Jasmine McCammon is a postdoctoral associate in Hazel Sive’s laboratory at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. She is trained in genetics and developmental biology. For her graduate work, she pioneered zebrafish genome editing techniques. She wanted to combine this experience with her interest in mental health research, believing the zebrafish fills a unique niche that will effectively complement other systems used to study this challenging field. She previously obtained her B.A. in biology from Oberlin College. She received her Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a National Science Foundation fellow.

 

 

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Hazel Sive

Whitehead Institute Faculty Member Dr. Hazel Sive studies embryonic development and is particularly interested in deciphering the genetic bases of proper brain structure formation. This work has contributed to our understanding of birth defects and numerous developmental disorders of the nervous system. She is currently using the uniquely transparent zebrafish—which enables direct observation of the developing brain—as a tool for determining the function of genes associated with autism, schizophrenia and other mental health disorders. This approach provides valuable insight into how these genes may be contributing to mental health disorders in humans.