Skip to Content
Adjunct Professor of Pediatric DentistryProfessor, Dows Institute of Dental ResearchProfessor of Pediatrics
- NeonatologyProfessor of
Anatomy and Cell Biology,
Lab: 2182 MLIowa City, IA 52242
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb: Murray Laboratory
BS, Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MassachussettsMD, Tufts Medical School, Boston, Massachussetts
Residency, Pediatrics, New England Medical Center HospitalFellowship, Medical Genetics, University of Washington
Iowa Medical LicenseAmerican College of Medical Genetics, Clinical GeneticsAmerican Board of Medical Genetics, Clinical GeneticsAmerican Board of Pediatrics
Biosciences Graduate ProgramInterdisciplinary Graduate Program in GeneticsInterdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular BiologyInterdisciplinary Graduate Program in NeuroscienceInterdisciplinary Graduate Program in Translational BiomedicineMedical Scientist Training Program
Current projects include strategies to identify and characterize genes and environmental components in complex human disorders. We focus on conditions that affect infants and children including a common birth defect- cleft lip and palate, prematurity and two traits of young children- myopia and language development. Many of our studies are carried out using large population and epidemiologic studies of children particularly from the Philippines, Japan, Denmark, Norway, Argentina and Brazil, and we work in close collaboration with investigators in these countries. Studies of cleft lip involve using epidemiolgic databases coupled to large scale genetic evaluation (genotyping and DNA sequencing) to find how variation in normal genes affects exposure (such as smoking or poor nutrition) to induce fetal developmental abnormalities. For prematurity, a problem that affects 10% of all infants and leads to death and significant medical problems (mental retardation, blindness, deafness), we study cases and families to find genes and examine environmental triggers such as infection, stress and smoking. Our work involves collaborations with many other disciplines such as embryologists, biostatisticians and clinicians. Our lab has particular expertise in analyzing DNA from very large datasets and tying this into basic science and clinical care. In some cases we also carry out clinical trials targetted at prevention or improved treatment of these conditions. Graduate students play an active role in implementation of the studies and are often involved at many different levels of the collaboration from bench techniques to overseas coordination of sample collection.
Date Last Modified: 10/13/2014 -
Copyright © 2011 The University of Iowa. All Rights Reserved.