Department of Genetics, University of Pennsylvania

Who we are


Christopher Brown PhD, Assistant Professor

Casey received his B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska. He was a graduate student with Arend Sidow in the Genetics Department at Stanford University. He conducted his post-doctoral research in the lab of Kevin White in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. He moved to Philadelphia in 2013 and has never seen so many pretzels. He is interested in understanding the role of gene expression variation in complex human phenotypes and insists that his lab be in control of both the means of data production and analysis. A recentish CV is here.

Minal Caliskan PhD, Post-doctoral fellow

Minal obtained a B.S. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Boğaziçi University (2007). She completed her Ph.D. in Human Genetics at the University of Chicago (2013), where she worked on genotype by environment interactions that influence asthma and gene expression under the supervision of Dr. Carole Ober. Minal will start in April 2014 and focus on identifying and characterizing functional noncoding variation in the human genome.

Grace Babcock, Research Specialist

Grace Babcock graduated from Temple University in 2009 with a B.A. in Anthropology and spent the spent the following three years working as a Research Specialist in the Penn Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. She is currently a student in the Penn Master of Public Health program, and expects to graduate in spring of 2015.


Interested in joining our team? contact Casey and we can talk shop.