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Faculty Candidate Talk: Elaine Lim, PhD
December 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Speaker: Elaine Lim, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Talk Title: “Genetic Discoveries in Complex Diseases Using Cerebral Organoids”
About the Speaker: Elaine Lim is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard medical school and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. She is passionate about developing novel computational and statistical methods combined with induced pluripotent stem cell based technology development such as cerebral organoids, with the goal of contributing to precision medicine driven research for complex neurological diseases.
About the Cluster Hire:
UW’s Cluster Hiring Initiative was launched in 1998 as an innovative partnership between the university, state and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). In its first phase, the initiative authorized nearly 50 “clusters” and nearly 150 new faculty through several rounds of hiring. In 2017, phase two of the Cluster Hiring Initiative was authorized with a goal of supporting at least 12 clusters.
A proposal by several Waisman Center investigators for a Functional Genetics/Genomics of Neurodevelopmental and Neurodegenerative Diseases cluster at the Waisman Center was selected by the UW-Madison Cluster Hire Initiative.
New faculty hires who are part of the Functional Genetics/Genomics of Neurodevelopmental and Neurodegenerative Diseases cluster at the Waisman Center will help develop a pipeline of discovery that begins with patients in the clinics and ends with new approaches for treatments or therapies. This cycle of translational research would start with identifying patient-specific genetic variants, and then continue through experimental studies to confirm whether these variants truly cause disease. Ultimately, new panels for diagnosis and new approaches for treatment may be discovered.