Dr Melissa Gymrek
I am currently doing a post-doc with Mark Daly in the Analytical and Translational Genetics Unit at MGH and the Broad Institute. My broad research area is studying genetic variation in humans. Much of my work focuses specifically on genetic variation at short tandem repeats, also known as microsatellites, and how these and other complex types of variation can affect human traits. I developed an algorithm, lobSTR, to profile variation at these loci from high throughput sequencing data. This tool allows us for the first time to answer many questions regarding properties of these loci on a genome-wide and population-wide scale.