Research + Pizza Features Sean Farris on the Genetics of Alcoholism, 9/1
Background: Lunchtime research series Research + Pizza returns for the new academic year with a discussion of the genetics behind alcohol addiction.
Sean Farris is a a postdoctoral fellow at the university’s Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research, where he has been working with researcher to use RNA sequencing to discover links between genetics and alcohol dependence.
Farris and his fellow researchers compared patterns of genetic code from the brain tissue of alcoholics and nonalcoholics and discovered that a particular set of genes exhibited like tendencies together in individuals who had consumed the most alcohol. Certain sets of genes were strongly linked as networks in alcohol dependent subjects, but not in those who were nonalcoholics.
Farris and his co-researchers’ efforts were the first time scientists used bioinformatics technology of RNA sequencing to identify gene groupings that are highly correlated with alcohol dependence.
Free Pizza (while it lasts) generously provided by program supporter Austin’s Pizza.
Research + Pizza is a lunchtime lecture series featuring research presentations by faculty from across the university.