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Funding supports new Computational Genomics Laboratory

  • Published Mon Apr 18th 2016

    Through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund, Dr. Duan will establish the Computational Genomics Laboratory (CGL) within the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences and the School of Computing.

    She is studying how genes interact with environmental factors and other genes to contribute to disease risk and drug response. Specifically, her research will investigate the role of genes and the environment in making people insensitive or respond adversely to drug therapies, and more susceptible to chronic diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

    “The funding will enable me to establish a translational, multidisciplinary research program at Queen’s, train students in high-throughput biology and informatics, and ultimately to improve disease prevention, diagnosis and help replace the current trial-and-error paradigm of drug therapy,” says Dr. Duan.