Jia Yan

JIA YAN
Sr. Research Program Coordinator/Research Genetic Counselor

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I obtained an M.S. in Genetic Counseling and Ph.D. in Human and Molecular Genetics through a dual degree program at Virginia Commonwealth University. My graduate work integrated clinical genetic counseling with research on the genetics of alcohol dependence. I then completed a postdoctoral training fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, in which I worked in the Section on Human Psychopharmacology at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism with a focus on the quantitative analysis of genetic and phenotypic data from our alcohol studies using genome-wide and systems-based approaches.

In my primary role as research genetic counselor in the laboratory, I talk with individuals and families to help them understand our study of the genetics of Hirschsprung disease. I enroll participants and facilitate collection of clinical and genetic data for the study, and coordinate the regulatory aspects of all of our studies in the laboratory. I am also a research scientist with a focus on understanding and predicting risk for complex, multifactorial disorders, in which a combination of genetic and environmental factors contributes to disease.

Selected publications:

Yan J, Aliev F, Webb BT, Kendler KS, Williamson VS, Edenberg HJ, Agrawal A, Kos MZ, Almasy L, Nurnberger JI Jr, Schuckit MA, Kramer JR, Rice P, Kuperman S, Goate AM, Tischfield JA, Porjesz B, Dick DM. Using genetic information from candidate gene and genome-wide association studies in risk prediction for alcohol dependence. Addiction Biology 2014 Jul;19(4):708-21. doi: 10.1111/adb.12035. PMID: 23362995

Suchankova P, Yan J, Schwandt ML, Stangl B, Jerlhag E, Engel J, Hodgkinson CA, Goldman D, Heilig M, Ramchandani VA, Leggio L. Genetic variation at the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor gene locus is associated with alcohol use disorder. Translational Psychiatry 2015 Jun 16;5:e583. doi: 10.1038/tp.2015.68. PMID: 26080318