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's research focuses on identifying and characterizing functional noncoding variation in the human genome, with an emphasis on liver gene expression and lipid metabolism.

Marco Trizzino PhD, Post-doctoral fellow

Marco is an evolutionary biologist with interest in the genetic forces shaping ecological adaptation and morphological variation. He obtained his B.S. in Biology from Bicocca University in Milan. Then he earned an M.S. in Evolutionary Biology and a Ph.D. in Animal Biology at Sapienza University, Rome. After a few years of postdoc in Italy (Rome and Varese) he will join the lab in October 2014, where he will focus on regulatory, gene expression, and epigenomic evolution in primates. Visit Marco’s personal webpage here.

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.