Julie Nadel, Ph.D., is currently the Genetics and Education Fellow for the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Her main project at the NHGRI is the nationalization of DNA Day programming, including creating a National DNA Day Network of events throughout the country and organizing a Twitter chat and a reddit "Ask Me Anything" series that will feature prominent geneticists like NHGRI Director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D. She is also creating a bioinformatics lesson plan for high school students in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library.
Dr. Nadel received two bachelor's degrees in life sciences and neuropsychology from Pennsylvania State University in 2009, and her Ph.D. in genetics from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the fall of 2015. Her thesis work investigated a non-canonical nucleic acid structure, the RNA:DNA hybrid, and its roll in chromatin composition and gene expression regulation. The paper based on her thesis work received Epigenetics and Chromatin's Best Paper Award for 2015.
Dr. Nadel has participated in many STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) outreach organizations, including the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) After School STEM Mentoring Program, which inspired her to begin a STEM outreach program at the Bronx Renaissance Center. She also initiated a community garden partnership through the Bronx, Obesity, Diabetes and You (BODY) group at Albert Einstein College of Medicine with local elementary schools, focusing on nutrition and public health.
Posted: February 10, 2016