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Webinar: Sex Bias and the Genetics of Autism

Date Published: March 2020

In this recorded webinar, Tychele Turner, Ph.D., talks about sex bias and the genetics of autism. Sex biases have been observed in autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. In autism, approximately 80% of all cases are male and yet the reason why this occurs is not well understood. There are many areas to consider regarding sex bias. Turner focuses on the genetic aspect of sex bias in autism. Particularly, she highlights her recent work examining de novo variants, separately in males and females, in approximately 30,000 families.

Photo of researcher Tychele TurnerWho is Tychele Turner?

Tychele Turner, Ph.D., completed her undergraduate training in Genomics and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University followed by graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she received her Ph.D. in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology under the mentorship of Aravinda Chakravarti, Ph.D. During graduate work, Turner focused on the genetics of autism in females. Turner performed her postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Evan Eichler, Ph.D., in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. There she performed large-scale whole-exome and whole-genome sequencing analyses to discover risk factors for autism. Currently, Turner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Turner’s laboratory is focused on understanding genetic factors involved in autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

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