ACT-Gem: News & Events

Dr. Kamal Khan completes his doctoral work  

December 23, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Kamal Khan, who successfully defended his thesis "The Intersection of Genetic and Functional Approaches to Understand Congenital Multisystemic Inherited Disorders".

Dr. Khan has collaborated with the ACT-Gem for many years, and will receive his degree from the National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering in Faisalabad, Pakistan. Both institutes and all of his family, friends, and colleagues wish Kamal much success as he continues to pursue new scientific endeavors. 

Job well done, Kamal! 


Defects in mRNA splicing discovered as source of a rare intellectual disability syndrome

October 5, 2020

Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine recognizes ACT-GeM discovery detailing the functional cause of a rare intellectual disability disorder called Armfield XLID Syndrome. 

“This finding offers much needed information for the five families with children affected by this rare condition. For the original Armfield XLID family, this has been a more than 20-year journey toward a definitive answer.”

        -Co-senior author Erica Davis, discussing the journey behind the discovery recently published in Nature Communications

Contributors from ACT-GeM include co-lead author, Kamal Khan, co-author Marie Mooney, and co-senior author Erica Davis. This work was performed in collaboration with co-senior investigators at Greenwood Genetic Center in South Carolina and Chungnam National University in South Korea.

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Farid Ullah named American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) semifinalist for the 2020 Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research 

August 4, 2020

Congratulations to Farid. His abstract, “Mutations in the DNA repair complex genes SMC5 and SLF2 cause chromosomal abnormalities leading to syndromic microcephaly" was in the top 15% of predoctoral candidates, earning him a cash award and complimentary registration for the ASHG meeting in October. 

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Georgios Kellaris named 2020 Mary J.C. Hendrix Outstanding Graduate Student

June 5, 2020

Congratulations to Georgios for recognition of his work on “The Genetic Architecture of Congenital and Neurodevelopmental Disorders”. Click here for more information.

The American Society of Human Genetics Conference, 2019

October 15-19, 2019

ACT-GeM faculty and trainees will present at the annual meeting of the ASHG in Houston, Texas. Click here for more information.

Tanner Monroe, PhD receives T32 fellowship

September 28, 2019

We are delighted to announce that ACT-GeM post-doc associate, Dr. Tanner Monroe was awarded an NIH T32 fellowship in the Northwestern University Scientist Training Program in Kidney Disease (NUKIDs). Click here for more information.

The Advanced Center for Translational and Genetic Medicine (ACT-GeM) moves in

August 16, 2019

Equipment, freezers, animals, and a team of eleven have arrived in the newly constructed and state-of-the art Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Building Center in downtown Chicago. Click here for more information.