Staff Members

Rameez Syed
Bioinformatics Analyst

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Rameez Syed received his graduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada in Statistical and data analysis. He worked at Queen’s University, as a part of the genetics study in rare/common variants association analysis and gene-environment interaction modeling in longitudinal family studies. His role in the lab is to perform statistical analyses of databases comprising omics data, generate pipelines for wide arrays of datasets, and manage different databases with team collaboration.

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Hope Derricott
Assistant Program Coordinator

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Hope Derricott graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from Georgia State University. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Health with a concentration in health promotions and behaviors. She has an interest in mental health and the well-being of others. She is the Assistant Program Coordinator for the BGA laboratory.

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Dr. Chelsie Benca-Bachman
Staff Scientist

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Dr. Benca-Bachman received her PhD in Behavioral Genetics from the University of Colorado Boulder. She specializes in statistical genetics with a focus on psychopathology, executive functioning, and substance use. She has taken on multiple roles and responsibilities, including Associate Director of Research for the BGA Lab. Currently, she splits her time between the BGA Lab and the Providence VA Medical Center, working under Dr. John E McGeary. With her extensive experience with big data manipulation, cleaning, and visualization, phenotypic harmonization, and genetic analyses, she has rightfully earned the title of "The Data-Wrangler."

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