Elinor K. Karlsson
Jesse McClure
Diane Genereux

Bios coming soon for:
Graduate students Shirley Li, Gaurav Chauhan and Kate Megquier
Postdoctoral fellows Hyun Ji Noh, Kathryn Lord and Linda Boettger
Staff Members Ross Swofford, Michele Koltookian, Jason Turner and Jeremy Johnson


Elinor K. Karlsson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Visiting Scientist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. By investigating evolutionary history using high throughput genomic tools, Elinor aims to identify genes, pathways, and functional variants underlying polygenic diseases, and translate these discoveries into advances in human health care. She is currently using this approach to find the  genetic risk factors for susceptibility to infectious diseases, like cholera and viral hemorrhagic fevers, as well as psychiatric disorders (using dogs as a model organism). Elinor received her B.A. in biochemistry/cell biology from Rice University, and earned her Ph.D. in bioinformatics from Boston University. She did her postdoctoral fellowship with Pardis Sabeti at Harvard University. You can see Elinor’s publications here and her art here.


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Jesse McClure is a postdoctoral fellow in the Karlsson lab.  Jesse has a diverse background in animal behavior starting as a military working dog trainer in the United States Marine Corps where he trained dogs for protection, intruder detection, and explosive and narcotic detection. After his military service he worked as a pet trainer while earning his bachelors degree in biology and animal behavior at St Cloud State University which he completed in 2008.  Jesse continued on to doctoral research in neuroscience and behavior studying the neural and behavioral mechanisms of impulsive choice at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for which he earned his PhD in 2015.  Jesse recently started as a post-doctoral associate at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he aims to combine his knowledge of animal behavior with his computational skill-set to contribute to the study of behavioral genetics in companion dogs.  Jesse also maintains active collaborations with both human and animal behavior researchers for which he has developed behavioral testing equipment and data analysis software.


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Diane Genereux is a postdoctoral fellow in the Karlsson Lab. Diane’s background is in mathematical biology, with a focus during her earlier postdoctoral work at University of Washington on quantifying the fidelity and flexibility of the epigenetic information encoded by DNA methylation. Diane graduated from Brown University in 1999 as a biology/history double major, having taken an Evolutionary Biology course in which she first learned of the tremendous power of applying mathematical approaches to address biological questions. In her graduate work at Emory University, Diane investigated lateral gene transfer and epigenetics at various biological scales. She was previously on the Biology faculty at Westfield State University, where she taught genetics, mathematical biology, and cell and molecular biology, and developed an introductory course on bioinformatics and programming. Here at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Diane aims to apply her interest in evolution, epigenetics, and mathematical modeling to investigate genetic modulators of cholera susceptibility.