Co-Director and Biomedical Anchor
Dr. LaSalle brings expertise and leadership in Environmental Epigenetics, Human Genetics, and Neurodevelopment with >100 publications in these fields and an hindex of 49 (Google Scholar). Currently, she is Associate Director of Genomics in the Genome Center and previously was Chair and Master Advisor of the Genetics Graduate Group, renamed Integrative Genetics and Genomics under her leadership. Dr. LaSalle has active interdisciplinary research collaborations through the Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) and the MIND Institute, and is an affiliate of the Cancer Center. She has been on the UCD faculty for 22 years and has had extensive experience in mentoring and advising diverse graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. LaSalle has maintained a continuous NIH-funded research program for over 20 years. She has served as a regular member on 2 different NIH study sections and currently is chair of the Genes in Health and Disease NIH study section. As Associate Director of Genomics, she is in charge of mentoring junior faculty and outreach efforts for the Genome Center, including “Teaching the Genome Generation” with Jackson Laboratories and organizing a “Science for Moms to Be” panel with the EHSC. As a biomedical researcher in human genetics and environmental exposures, Dr. LaSalle is passionate about decreasing health disparities through increasing the participation of historically underrepresented groups in medical research, reducing racial and ethnic biases in human genetics research, and reducing disparities from environmental exposures.