Congratulations to lab members Ethan Bahl and Leo Brueggeman! These graduate students both recently won awards for their individual research projects at the University of Iowa’s Annual Genetics Retreat Poster Presentation.

Ethan presented his work on a collaborative project with Ted Abel's research lab about how genes are used to create long term memories. His findings suggest that particular genes which are normally needed to form memories may not be working effectively in diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Leo presented his research on using machine learning to predict new genetic sources of risk for autism spectrum disorder. By analyzing patterns among these predicted autism-associated genes, the study found evidence of new biological pathways which may contribute to ASD.

Great job and keep up the awesome work!