Winners of the 2014 Research Symposium

November 7th, 2014 in Recent News

The Genome Science Institute is pleased to present the winners of the 2014 Annual Research Symposium:

Oral Presenters:

Cody Desjardins, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, BU CRC
Dissecting the distinct regulatory roles of the MEF2 transcription factors in muscle

Dana Lau Corona, Graduate Program in Genetics and Genomics, BUSM
Epigenetic regulation of growth hormone-responsive sex-biased genes in mouse liver

Charina Ortega, Undergraduate College of Engineering, BU CRC
Mining CK2 in Cancer

Akshaya Ramesh, Graduate Program in Genetics and Genomics, BUSM
Macaque immunogenetics through de-novo genome assemblies

Liye Zhang, Ph.D., Computational Biomedicine, BUSM
ALK Regulates Metastasis in Lung Cancer through splicing factor ESRP1/2


Poster Presentation Winners:

Jeanette ConnerneyGrowth Hormone Pulse-Dependent Chromatin Accessibility in Male Mouse Liver

Andrew HossmiR-10b-5p expression in Huntington’s disease brain relates to age of onset and the extent of striatal involvement

Amira HusseinA Bayesian Approach to Assess the Tanscriptome of Bone Aging and the Role of the Brd2 Gene in the Regulation of Sex Linked Bone Loss

Sarah KleinsorgeThe Role of Cell Polarity in the Organization of Follicle Cells During the Engulfment of Dying Germ Cells

Elizabeth MosesMolecular impact of electronic cigarette exposure on airway epithelium

Hila Milo RasoulyLoss of Zeb2 Causes Glomerulocystic Kidney Disease in Mice

Neema YazdaniTranscriptome analysis and gene targeting of a QTL influencing methamphetamine sensitivity


Congratulations to all of our winners!

2014 Research Symposium

August 15th, 2014 in Recent News

Save the Date!

The Genome Science Institute 2014 Annual Research Symposium will be Wednesday, November 5, 2014 in the Hiebert Lounge from 12-5 PM.
Poster Session: Poster presentations are open to all Boston area researchers including undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty.
Oral Presentations: Presenters will be invited from abstracts submitted by undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.
Awards: Prizes will be given for top student and postdoctoral posters and presentations.
Genetics and Genomics Graduate Studies at BU: Representatives from BU graduate programs that provide training in Genetics and Genomics will be available.

Vendor Tables: Representatives from companies providing Genetics and Genomics related products and services will present their latest technology.

Additional information, including how to submit an abstract, will be available here.

Contact with questions

We look forward to seeing you on November 5!

Introduction to the Globus Genomics GSI Site License

July 21st, 2014 in Recent News

On July 24th, the Genome Science Institute is hosting a seminar to introduce the new Globus Genomics site license. Globus Genomics is a computing platform for next generation sequencing data analysis and management. This seminar will introduce the functionality of this resource and provide details on the scope of the license and how to access it.


The seminar is being held in L311 in the Instructional Building from 11AM-12:30PM.


A copy of the flyer is available here.

Sixth Annual Genome Science Institute Seed Grant Award Recipients

May 21st, 2014 in Recent News

The BUMC Genome Science Institute (GSI), established in 2008, fosters collaboration and serves as a resource for Boston University investigators engaged in genetics and genomics research and education. The GSI is pleased to announce the recipients of the sixth annual GSI Seed Grant Award.

Of nine applications, the following recipients were selected following peer review of the proposals.


1. “Epigenetic Variation in Opioid-Exposed Mother-Infant Dyads”

Elisha Wachman, PhD

Boston University School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics


Alice M. Wang, PhD

Boston University School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics


Kelley Saia, PhD

Boston University School of Medicine

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


2. “Epigenetic Prediction of Insulin Resistance”

Barbara S. Nikolajczyk, PhD

Boston University School of Medicine

Departments of Medicine and Microbiology


Maria I. Ramirez, PhD

Boston University School of Medicine

Department of Medicine and Department of Pathology and Laboratory


3. “Role of the NCoR corepressor complex in the development of insulin resistance”

Valentina Perissi, PhD

Boston University

Department of Biochemistry


Stefano Monti, PhD

Boston University

School of Public Health

Department of Biostatistics


GSI Seed grants are intended to support:

The expansion of research at Boston University by supporting new collaborations between groups with diverse expertise to address an important scientific question in genetics and genomics research.

Development of new and emerging areas of genetics and genomics research.

The GSI Seed Grant Committee and GSI Directors thank the applicants and reviewers who participated in this process and look forward to continued growth in genetics and genomics research at Boston University.

Please contact the GSI at with questions or with your ideas on how the GSI can better facilitate or develop genetics and genomics research at BU.

RNA-seq data analysis workshop scheduled for April 28th

April 16th, 2014 in Recent News

Please click here to go to the workshop webpage.

Registration for the RNA-seq hands-on workshop is closed

December 2nd, 2013 in Recent News

Please click here to go to the workshop webpage.

Newly Endowed Chair in Human Genetics

November 26th, 2013 in Uncategorized

Applications are now being accepted for  a new endowed professor position, the Aubrey Milunsky Professor of Human Genetics.  Please click here for more information on how to apply.

GSI Next Generation Sequencing Mini Symposium

December 3rd, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Next Generation Sequencing Mini-Symposium held on Thursday, November 29, 2012 was a huge success with a large turnout and quality presentations focusing on mRNA-seq, sncRNA-seq, and ChIP-seq.  The following is a list of presenters with a link to their presentation slides.

1:00 pm Rick Myers (GSI Director) - Introduction and Overview


1:10 pm Rebecca Kusko (Spira Lab) – mRNA sequence analysis


1:35 pm Alexandra Dumitriu (Myers Lab) – mRNA quality control methods


2:05 pm Andi Broka (LinGA System Administrator) - Computational resources (LinGA use)

BROKA_Comp. Resources for Next Gen Sequence Analysis

2:45 pm Elyse Kozlowski (Jones Lab) – Sample and library prep for miRNA

KOZLOWSKI_GSI sequencing talk final

3:10 pm Josh Campbell (Spira Lab) – Analytic strategies for miRNAs


3:35 pm Evan Johnson (Computational Biomed) – Analytic strategies part II


4:00 pm Antonio Luiz (Galagan Lab) - Studying Transcription factors by ChIP-seq


4:30 pm Rick Myers (GSI Director) - Studying Histon marks by ChIP-seq

GSI Research Symposium Winners

November 15th, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Standing: Rebecca Kusko, Zachary Hunter, Carly Garrison, Artie Lambert, Anna Lyubetskaya, Joshua CampbellSitting: Kahkeshan Hijazi and Hilo Milo Rasouly  Missing: Kristen Ott, Sarah Heerboth, and Ying Shen

At the Genome Science 2012 Research Symposium awards were given to graduate students and post doctoral fellow for oral and poster presentations.  The following is a list of winners:

Oral Presentation Winners:

Arthur Lambert (Graduate Student in Molecular Medicine, Thiagalingam Lab) – Periostin signaling regulates breast cancer stem cells

Anna Lyubetskaya (Graduate Student in Bioinformatics, Galagan Lab) – Using ChIP-seq for transcription factor binding sites prediction and validation in M. tuberculosis

Hila Milo Rasouly (Graduate Student in Genetics and Genomics, W. Lu Lab) – Loss of Robo2 improves survival of ILK mutant mice

Kristen Ott (Graduate Student in Genetics and Genomics, Navarro Lab) – Characterizing spindle-E, a protein involved in guarding the genome

Zachary Hunter (Graduate Student in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Treon Lab) – Copy number and small variant analysis from whole genome sequencing of 30 patients with Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia

Poster Presentation Winners:

Joshua Campbell (Postdoctoral Fellow, Spira Lab) – Characterizing the small RNA transcriptome associated with COPD and ILD using next generation sequencing

Carly Garrison (Graduate Student in Genetics and Genomics, Spira Lab) – Mir-4423 promoted ciliated cell fate during airway epithelium differentiation

Sarah Heerboth (Undergraduate Student in Biology) – Development of a combination therapy:  Allele-specific re-expression of an imprinted tumor suppressor gene ARHI

Kahkeshan Hijazi (Graduate Student in Bioinformatics, Spira Lab) – Nasal epithelial gene expression profiles reflect dyamic biological response to smoking-cessation

Rebecca Kusko (Graduate Student in Genetics and Genomics, Spira Lab) – Comprehensive genomic profiling of the lung transcriptome in emphysema and IPF using RNA-Seq

Ying Shen (Postdoctoral Fellow, Spira Lab) – Adaptive models for predicting pathway activation and drug response in cancer tissues

GSI 2012 Research Symposium

November 14th, 2012 in Uncategorized

The 2012 Annual Genome Science Institute Research Symposium held on Monday, October 22 was a resounding sucess with participation from both Boston University campuses and seven technology partners.