Functional genomic approaches for understanding sex development and cancer risks

Functional genomic approaches for understanding sex development and cancer risks

16.01.2018 12:30 – 13:30

Harry Ostrer, M.D. is Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He studies the genetic basis for disorders of sex development and other rare conditions, having recently identified the role of the signal transducing MAP kinase pathway in gonadal development. He also studies the genetic basis of prostate and breast cancer and adverse outcomes associated with their treatment. In the diagnostic laboratory, he translates the findings of genetic discoveries into tests that can be used to identify people’s risks for having a disease prior to its occurrence or for predicting its outcome once it has occurred. Dr. Ostrer is a long-time investigator of the genetics of the Jewish people and Hispanic and Latino people. In 2007, he organized the Jewish HapMap Project, an international effort to map and sequence the genomes of Jewish people. In a series of publications about Abraham’s Children in the Genome Era, Dr. Ostrer and his team of investigators demonstrated that the history of the Jewish Diasporas could be seen in the genomes of contemporary Jewish people. In his book, Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People, he explored how population genetic could affect group identity. Currently, during his sabbatical at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, he is working on studies that will analyze the population genetics of Christians, Jews and pagans from Classical Antiquity up to the Middle Ages. For 20 years, he was the director of the Human Genetics Program at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Ostrer was the successful plaintiff with standing in the landmark lawsuit, Association of Molecular Pathology versus Myriad Genetics. As a grantee from the National Human Genome Research Institute, he explored the impact of genetic testing on health, life and disability insurance. This led to his efforts as a member of the New York State Bar Association to promote legislation that would prevent genetic discrimination in insurance and employment in New York State – forerunners to the U.S. Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act and the Affordable Care Act.


Bâtiment: CMU


Organisé par

Département de médecine génétique et développement
Evénements de la Faculté de médecine


Harry Ostrer , Professeur au Albert Einstein College of Medicine à New York

entrée libre


Catégorie: Séminaire

Mots clés: Génétique, Human Development

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