Understanding the Genetics of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Understanding the Genetics of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Australian researchers are using NGS to study intellectual disabilities

Understanding the Genetics of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
February 18, 2016

As an Australian Research Council Fellow at The University of
Adelaide, Dr. Lachlan Jolly is involved in research programs to identify and study genes responsible for neurological disorders. To discover novel gene variants and describe their role in intellectual disability, Dr. Jolly integrates cell-based models with a multitude of genetic and functional genomic technologies.

The team is working to discover the effects of genetic change and specifically what functional effect gene variants have on the development of the brain and how they affect the way the cells behave and communicate. Dr. Jolly and his colleagues use next-generation sequencing (NGS) on Illumina’s HiSeq® systems to gain insight into the novel genetic networks important for brain development and function. For more on Dr. Jolly’s research, click here.