Whitehead Institute Board of Associates members are invited to a cocktail reception and two scientific presentations by Whitehead Fellows Olivia Corradin, PhD and Silvi Rouskin, PhD.
What: “Our 3D genome: genetic variants and human disease” by Olivia Corradin
“RNA structure: the hidden layer of genetic information” by Silvi Rouskin
When: Wednesday, February 22; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: The home of Beatrice Mitchell and Paul Sperry, New York, NY (complete address provided upon registration)
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Olivia Corradin, PhD
Olivia Corradin graduated with a B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Marquette University where she worked with Dr. Edward Blumenthal investigating nutrient amino acid transporters in Drosophila. In 2011, Olivia joined the lab of Dr. Peter Scacheri at Case Western Reserve University. Her thesis work, completed in 2015, investigated the impact of disease-associated variation on gene regulation. Olivia joined the Whitehead Institute as a Fellow and principal investigator in 2016. The Corradin lab focuses on elucidating the role of noncoding DNA variants in defining human disease pathogenesis and susceptibility.
Silvi Rouskin, PhD
Silvia Rouskin was appointed a Whitehead Fellow in 2015 after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. Rouskin studies the structure of RNA and is developing new technology to determine the shapes of single RNA molecules inside living cells. Rouskin has already made important contributions to this field in which progress has been slow due to the vast complexity of RNA structure. She is currently examining the structure of hundreds of RNA molecules genome-wide and how it affects their respective functions in development, cancer and infection.