Please join me in welcoming Jennifer “Piper” Below, PhD for a Cake Panel. A bit about Dr. Below: Jennifer “Piper” Below, PhD is an assistant professor in the Division of Genetic Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She completed her PhD in Human Genetics at the University of Chicago and her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Washington in the Department of Genome Sciences. She was a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health for almost four years before moving to VUMC nearly two years ago.
Dr. Below’s research focuses on developing novel computational methods in human genetics and discovering genes that impact health. Her work has enabled the rapid reconstruction of family trees from genetic data, leading to innovative studies using large-scale data from DNA biobanks to discover genes that impact disease. Dr. Below is leading several large multi-institutional projects, with a focus on historically underrepresented populations and phenotypes, including analysis of type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia in >60,000 Hispanic individuals, a first-of-its-kind analysis of developmental stuttering including ~4,000 cases, and functionally-oriented analysis of a large, ancestrally diverse Alzheimer’s Disease cohort. Her work has resulted in more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts.
Dr. Below is internationally recognized within genetics and is currently on the Communications Committee of both the International Genetic Epidemiology Society and the American Society for Human Genetics, serves on the editorial board of the journal Circulation Research, and is a member of the American Heart Association’s Statistical Taskforce. Widely recognized for her work in science communication and education, she is a head moderator of r/science on reddit.com and has organized and run AMAs and panel discussions for r/science for the past 4 years.
Welcome Dr. Below!