Assistant Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Humans differ in their susceptibilities to cancer, diabetes, and other common diseases because of each individual's unique genetic makeup and the effects of their particular environment. The Andersen laboratory uses classical, quantitative, and molecular genetics in the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans to identify the genes that vary within populations to cause differences in disease susceptibilities. C. elegans is a powerful experimental platform for many reasons, including its high level of conservation with humans, its ease of manipulation, a powerful genetic and genomic toolkit, a large wild strain collection that contains variation comparable to that of humans, and the ability to connect gene function to tissues and cells in an intact organism. In addition to genetics, we use new sequencing technologies, high-throughput phenotyping assays, and diverse genomic tools to determine the molecular mechanisms for how genetic variation causes phenotypic differences.
Office: Cook 3125
Email: erik [dot] andersen [at] northwestern [dot] edu