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Kelly E. Ormond, MS, CGC
Professor (Teaching) of Genetics
Current Research and Scholarly Interests While my primary role is to direct the MS in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling program, my research focuses on the intersection between genetics and ethics, particularly around the translation of new genetic technologies (such as genome sequencing or non-invasive prenatal diagnosis) into clinical practice. I am especially interested in patient decision making, informed consent, and the interface between genetics and disability.
MD Student, expected graduation Spring 2017
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research has two components. The first component is to elucidate population structure among the Native Americans in South America. Based on their genomic data, my goal is to understand migration patterns, infer bottlenecks, admixture events, and relationships between the different indigenous populations of South America.
The second part of my research deals with the genetic basis of preeclampsia, specifically in admixed populations which have undergone positive adaption. This work is done in collaboration with the Hospital Manuel Nuñez Butron in Puno, Peru, where the prevalence of preeclampsia is much higher than the world-wide estimate of 3-8%. In conjunction with our genotypic studies, I will be looking at gene expression studies of placental sections of women with and without preeclampsia. My goal as an MSTP student is to elucidate the genetic mechanism for this condition and continue its study from a clinical perspective as I go on to do my residency in obstetrics and gynecology.