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Erica Macke

Erica Macke

Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellow, Nationwide Children's Hospital
I completed my PhD in Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Dr. Akihiro Ikeda's Laboratory. My thesis work focused on the identification of novel genetic factors involved in the aging process. During this time I utilized forward genetic approaches and next-generation sequencing techniques to identify genes involved in retinal degeneration and neurodegeneration. Following my PhD I worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic as part of the Translational Omics Program. My work focused on utilizing multi-omic techniques to increase diagnostic yield in rare disease diagnostic odyssey cases. I also developed new methods for analyzing RNA-sequencing data in tandem with whole-exome or whole-genome sequencing in order to increase diagnostic yield in the setting of rare disease. Currently I am a Laboratory Genetics and Genomics fellow at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH. As a fellow I am gaining experience with a broad range of clinical tests, clinical report writing, troubleshooting, exposure to laboratory accreditation processes (CAP, CLIA), patient interaction, and new test development.