Nadiya Sosonkina, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Jacob Lab at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, has been selected as a fellow in the UAB-HudsonAlpha Genomic Medicine Training program. Sosonkina’s research focuses on the study of the genetics of autism spectrum disorder. Her current project involves the development of cellular models that could enable functional studies of autism to facilitate diagnosis and possible treatments.

“I am honored to have been selected for the program,” said Sosonkina. “I am thrilled to participate in a program that emphasizes both research and medical training in genomic medicine.”

Designed to recruit trainees from various disciplines and provide mentorship and clinical research training in genomic medicine, the program is funded as part of a T32 grant awarded by the National Human Genome Research Institute. Through a mix of coursework, clinical exposure and mentoring, the two-year training program teaches practical skills for applying computational tools to disease-gene discovery, patient genome interpretation and big data management in research and clinical settings. The program also prepares fellows to deal with the ethical, legal and social implications of genomic medicine.

The training program is co-directed by Greg Barsh, MD, PhD, faculty investigator at HudsonAlpha, and Bruce Korf, MD, PhD, chair of the UAB Department of Genetics and co-director of the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number 1T32HG008961. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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