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Academic Research


The Center for Genomic Advocacy had 10-20 undergraduate student researchers participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program this past summer. Student researchers did work in areas including

  • personalized medical approaches to improving cardiovascular health,

  • investigating genes involved in cardiac development,

  • identifying clusters associated with cancer development,

  • researching the relative effectiveness of different disinfectants in preventing foodborne illness,

  • investigating genetic diversity among a geographically confined population of white-tailed deer,

  • identifying links between particular genes and traits in white-throated sparrows,

  • researching resistance of breast cancer cells to chemo-therapeutic drugs,

  • and investigating the different values, attitudes, and beliefs between scientific researchers and parents regarding the use of newborn screening blood samples in genetic research.

  • Developing computational methods and building bioinformatics databases by integrating various genomic and proteomics tools/databases, and analyzing next-generation sequencing data.​​



The Center for Genomic Advocacy is hosting several new Indiana State undergraduate students as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. Students are engaged in research in a variety of areas including:

  • the current and developing role of genetic counselors in medical practice

  • ethical issues related to informed consent in genetic research, with particular emphasis on the use of newborn screening data in genetic research

  • Running a variety of bioinformatics tools on big data sets.



Contact Information

Rusty Gonser, Ph.D., Director
Phone: (812) 237-2395

Nathan Myers, Ph.D., Associate Director
Phone: (812) 237-2504

Jeff Kinne, Ph.D., Associate Director
Phone: (812) 237-2136