2006 National DNA Day Online Chatroom Schedule of Experts

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2006 National DNA Online Chatroom Schedule of Experts

A listing of NHGRI experts who answered questions in the Online Chatroom on April 25, 2006
Time Expert Research Area/Focus
8-9 a.m. Vence Bonham, J.D.
Chief
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Associate Investigator
Social Behavioral Research Branch
The ethical, legal, social and policy implications of genomic discoveries, particularly health professionals' and lay persons' understanding of race, ethnicity and genetics.
Belen Hurle, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
Genome Technology Branch
Science Educator
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Generating data for use in developing and refining computational tools for comparing genomic sequence from multiple vertebrate species.
Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.
Scientific Director
Division of Intramural Research
Mapping and sequencing eukaryotic genomes and developing approaches that use the resulting data to study biological problems.
Dale Lea, R.N., M.P.H., C.G.C., F.A.A.N.
Health Educator
Education and Community Involvement Branch

Developing genetics, health education and community involvement programs and resources, and translating genetic and genomic information for the public.
9-10 a.m. Phyllis Frosst, Ph.D.
Science Policy Analyst
Policy and Program Analysis Branch
Investigating genetic discrimination, direct to consumer marketing of genetic tests and pharmacogenomics.
Chris Austin, M.D.
Associate Investigator
Genome Technology Branch
Director
NIH Chemical Genomics Center
Senior Advisor for Translational Research
Office of the Director
Developing a toolbox of reagents and technologies to translate genome sequence into functional insights.
Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.
Scientific Director
Division of Intramural Research
Mapping and sequencing eukaryotic genomes and developing approaches that use the resulting data to study biological problems.
10-11 a.m. Nathaniel Sutter, Ph.D.
Postdoc
Cancer Genetics Branch
Comparing the dog genome to the human genome in an effort to answer questions about disease in both dogs and humans.
Barbara Biesecker, M.S.
Associate Investigator
Social and Behavioral Research Branch
Head
Genetic Services Research Unit
Director
JHU/NHGRI Genetic Counseling Training Program
Researching ways to make genetic counseling as effective as possible.
Vivian Ota Wang, Ph.D.
Program Director
Ethical, Legal and
Social Implications Program

Complex traits, behavioral and community research.
Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director
NHGRI
Senior Investigator
Genome Technology Branch.
Identifying and understanding genes involved in human disease, including type II diabetes.
11 a.m.-Noon Shawn Burgess, Ph.D.
Investigator
Genome Technology Branch
Head
Developmental Genomics Section
Studying developmental processes and their relation to human genetic disease.
Alan Guttmacher, M.D.
Deputy Director
NHGRI
Director
Office of Policy, Communications and Education
Developing new research tools to translate the findings of the Human Genome Project (HGP) into new diagnostic tests and therapies.
Laura Lyman Rodriguez, Ph.D
Special Advisor to the Director
NHGRI
Health Policy Analyst
Policy and Programs Analysis Branch
Identifying and understanding genes involved in human disease, including type II diabetes.
William Gahl, M.D.
Clinical Director
NHGRI

Senior Investigator
Medical Genetics Branch

Head
Human Biochemical Genetics Section

Studying rare inborn errors of metabolism through the observation and treatment of patients in the clinic and through biochemical, molecular biological, and cell biological investigations in the laboratory. His lab focuses on a number of disorders, including cystinosis, Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, alkaptonuria, and sialic acid diseases.
12-1 p.m. Tim Leshan, M.P.A.
Chief & Senior Policy Analyst
Program and Policy Analysis Branch

Coordinator
NHGRI/ASHG Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship
Directing public policy for the institute and serving as a liaison to Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the White House.
Jeff Schloss, Ph.D.
Program Director
Genome Technology
Centers of Excellence in Genomic Science
Division of Extramural Research
Supporting research to develop new methods, technologies and instruments that enable rapid, low-cost determination of DNA sequence, SNP genotyping and functional genomics experiments. Also supporting thetransfer of technology from developers to users, and promoting collaborative, multidisciplinary programs that closely integrate research projects at academic and industrial laboratories.
Jean Jenkins, R.N., Ph.D.
Senior Clinical Advisor
Office of the Director
Conceptualizing and developing national initiatives in the area of health professional education regarding the clinical application of genomics discoveries.
Alan Guttmacher, M.D.
Deputy Director
NHGRI
Director
Office of Policy, Communications and Education
Developing ways to communicate information about genetics and genomics to the general public.
1-2 p.m. David Bodine, M.D., Ph.D.
Investigator
Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch
Head
Hematopoiesis Section
Investigating the genetics of pluripotent hematopoietic stem cells (PHSCs) to improve the effectiveness of bone marrow transplantation and to find better ways to use these unique cells for gene replacement therapy.

Donna Krasnewich, M.D., Ph.D.
Deputy Clinical Director
NHGRI
Investigator
Medical Genetics Branch

Investigating diseases resulting from abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates

Jean McEwen, J.D., Ph.D.
Program Director
Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Program and the International HapMap Project

Working with the HapMap: a catalogue of human genetic variation that is speeding the search for genes involved in common diseases, such as cancer and diabetes.
2-3 p.m. Heidi Parker, Ph.D.
Postdoc

Cancer Genetics Branch
Comparing the dog genome to the human genome in an effort to answer questions about disease in both dogs and humans.
Colleen McBride, Ph.D.
Chief
Social and Behavioral
Research Branch
Head
Public Health Genomics Section
Developing new interventions to promote changes in people's behavior in ways that will lower their risk of developing certain diseases.
Don Hadley, M.S., C.G.C.
Investigator
Social and Behavioral
Research Branch
Researching the components of a genetic counseling session, including how people are informed of genetic disorders and how they make decisions regarding genetic testing.
3-4 p.m. Tyra Wolfsberg, Ph.D.
Associate Investigator
Genome Technology Branch
Associate Director
Bioinformatics and Scientific Programming Core
Applying bioinformatics techniques to a variety of genomic research questions, such as identifying gene-regulatory sequences on a genome-wide basis and understanding the behavior of retroviruses used as vectors in gene-therapy experiments.
Jennifer Sloan, M.S., Ph.D., C.G.C.
Genetic Counselor
Genetic Disease Research Branch
Involved in Genetic Counseling, as well as studying the very rare metabolic condition Methylmalonic Acidemia, and the more common condition Neurofibromatosis Type I.

Barbara Fuller, J.D.
Deputy Ethics Counselor
Assistant Director for Ethics
Office of the Director

Assisting NHGRI staff to meet the requirements of the statutes and regulations governing behavior of employees of the federal government.
4-5 p.m. Carla Easter, Ph.D.
Science Education Specialist
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Creates and implements genetic education programs. Works with the branch to create science education products for high school students.
Ashley Weedn, M.D.
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Assisting with genetics education outreach projects. Medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Pediatric residency at Arkansas Children's Hospital to begin this summer.
Les Biesecker, M.D.
Senior Investigator
Genetic Disease Research Branch
Head
Human Development Section
Researching the clinical and molecular delineation of human malformation syndromes.
5-6 p.m. Kim Kaphingst, Sc.D.
Investigator
Social and Behavioral
Research Branch
Head
Communication
Research Section
Developing ways to communicate information about genetics and genomics to the general public
Teri Manolio, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Advisor to the Director
for Population Genomics

Office of the Director

Advises development of large scale, population genomic research studies
Kris Wetterstrand, M.S.
Program Analyst
Division of Extramural Research
Working with the Sequences, Maps and Bacterial Artificial
Chromosome (BAC) Libraries Program and the ENCODE (ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements) project.

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