Avinash Veerappa, PhD2018-current
Dr. Veerappa received his PhD in 2013 from the University of Mysore. During his PhD, he identified five new genes for dyslexia involved in dendritic spinal plasticity through family-based genome-wide copy number studies. He also discovered a new recombining region in the X and Y chromosomes of humans and named it as PAR3 (Pseudoautosomal Region 3). His broad research interests lie in the interface between human genetics and genomics and its application to complex diseases. Specifically, his current research seeks to identify genomic variations responsible for the manifestation of Kerataconus. He is accomplishing this by leveraging whole-exome and RNAsequencing data from family cohorts for variant identification and disease association. Furthermore, he will use existing methodologies to further understand the functional consequences of these genomic variations to establish and understand disease relevance.