Dr. Chen has focuses on the genetic studies on schizophrenia and nicotine dependence in the Department of Psychiatry, VCU, where she not only strengthened experimental skills (genotyping, RT-PCR and RNA-sequencing), but also broadened extensive knowledge/experience in big data management, imputation, genome-wide association studies (GWASs), meta-analysis, polygenic analysis, RNA-Seq analysis and network/pathway analysis. Her studies have led to the discovery of several genes associated with schizophrenia/nicotine dependence, and have been published in peer-reviewed journals.
Guha lab is interested in studying cell signaling. A significant focus of the lab includes inositol signaling and its impact on the central dogma ( transcription, replication, and translation) of the cells. Guha lab has generated genetically engineered mouse models to study the importance of these signaling events in disease systems such as cancer, inflammation, and neurodegeneration.
The Liu Lab focuses on sequencing data analysis of genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics and their application on human disease study. The lab’s research interests lie in the development of computational tools using machine learning and deep learning to accurately detect modifications, repeats and variants on long-read sequencing data. The lab also studies modification and variant biomarkers in neurological diseases such as Alzheimer diseases.
Dr. Oh's lab is interested in identifying genetic and structural variants that contribute to human health and disease as well as in the interpretation of such variation to to improve the cellular and molecular diagnosis of genetic diseases. To address these questions they utilize next generation platforms and mouse and zebrafish models. Over the last decade, the work has been supported by RO1 investigator-led and Program Center grants from NIH and fellowship awards from private foundations. Moving forward, his research program will be centered on the dissection of organellar stress in developmental and late-onset neurological disorders such as, schizophrenia (SZ), autism-spectrum disorders (ASD), and glaucoma.
Martin R. Schiller
The Schiller Lab work has been ongoing and supported in part by the Knowledge Fund. The lab works in the areas of HIV, genomics, and bioinformatics. When a person is infected with some pathogenic virus, such as HIV, the virus inserts its DNA and becomes part of the DNA of the infected cell. This is the main reason HIV is difficult to cure. The Schiller Lab has used TALEN gene-editing technology to damage HIV DNA in infected cells, limiting its ability to produce more virus. A patent application was recently published for this technology. Also developed here is a new biotechnology to screen for molecular functions involved in disease processes, for which a patent application has been submitted. This screen could help lead to many new drug therapies and a better understanding of disease etiology. The Schiller Lab is also in the midst of identifying mutations associated with disease states by comparing thousands of genomes from diseased individuals with those from the unaffected.