Ciernia, Annie

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty of Medicine

North Dakota University, 2008, BSc
University of California, Irvine, 2014, PhD
University of California, Davis, 2019, Postdoctoral Fellow

Office: Djavad Mowafaghian Center for Brain Health, 4505 2215 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Office Phone: 604-827-0752

Lab: Djavad Mowafaghian Center for Brain Health, 4550 2215 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3 Lab Phone: 604-822-9942


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The Ciernia laboratory combines experimental and computational approaches to understand how epigenetic mechanisms regulate gene expression across our lifespan. The lab specifically focuses on mechanisms of epigenetic regulation in multiple brain cell populations across normal brain and immune system development and in rodent models of neurodevelopmental disorders. We test novel hypotheses linking genetic and environmental risk factors to altered patterns of gene expression, epigenomic regulatory pathways, cellular function and animal behaviour. Findings from our research will increase our understanding of the basic mechanisms regulating gene expression in the brain and form the basis for future development of novel immune targeted therapeutics for neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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