Damon Runyon Researchers

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Hannah A. Grunwald, PhD

Dr. Grunwald focuses on the disconnect between genotype and phenotype. Despite our wealth of knowledge about the human genome, we are often unable to accurately predict which individuals will suffer from genetic diseases, including cancers. It has been proposed that cells have mechanisms capable of buffering genetic variation, such that the phenotypic outcome of these genetic variants is sometimes obscured. When buffering systems, or “capacitors,” are de-stabilized or overwhelmed by genetic or environmental factors, “cryptic” genetic variants are exposed. Understanding the mechanism by which organisms buffer accumulated cryptic variants may illuminate the evolution of complex traits while providing vital insight into the heritability of genetic disease.

Project title: "Unraveling the role of molecular capacitors that obscure cryptic genetic variants in fish"
Institution: Harvard Medical School
Named Award: Lallage Feazel Wall Fellow
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Clifford J. Tabin, PhD
Cancer Type: All Cancers
Research Area: Basic Genetics