Andean Condors (Vultur gryphus), Evolutionary Genomics, Andean horses, altitude adaptations, GWAS (Genome Wide Association Scans)View Sher's CV
I have a broad background in population genetics with a special emphasis in genome-level disease association analyses. My work as a PI and a collaborator has included eight years of work in human HIV genome-wide association studies at NIH. In addition, I have done extensive fieldwork in the Andes on the Andean condor and feral horses living at high altitude as models to understand genomic-level selection under extreme conditions. For these studies and additional collaborative projects on human diseases, and disease in other horse populations and domestic cats, I have developed pipelines to map genomes, identify SNPs and apply evolutionary and statistical models to raw genome sequence files. I built a fully functional bioinformatics laboratory, Laboratory of Genomic Diversity-SU, which houses Linux Iris servers and several researcher hubs through grants from the NASA Space Grant Consortium and NSF WV-EPSCoR. LGD-SU was designed to support bioinformatics innovation to provide an advanced computing and a genetic repository for research.
- Ph.D., Zoology University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Zoology, 2003
- M.S., Biology University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI, 1995
- B.S., University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI, 1994