Young Scientist Is Rising Star in Genomics Research
January 2, 2008
Genome Technology magazine has named postdoctoral research associate Claudine Bartels, PhD, one of 31 young scientists likely to make a serious contribution to biomedical research during her career. Bartels works on molecular pathology and translational research in the laboratories of Greg Tsongalis, PhD, a faculty member at Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and Director of Molecular Pathology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Bartels works in the broad field of genomics, where she focuses on the translation of basic science findings into clinical laboratory tests. One aspect of her work involves pharmacogenomics and targeted therapies, a relatively new area of study at the intersection of pharmacology and genetics, that looks at how a person's genetic makeup affects his or her response to drugs. A critical factor in the widespread use of this advanced technology is the development of accurate and accessible instrumentation for analyzing the data.
Bartels is working with several manufacturers of biological testing technologies to develop new assays that use cell extracts to profile tumors. She is also evaluating a cell enrichment technology for its ability to scan blood and identify pancreatic cancer tumor cells. Long-term, such tools could be critical diagnostic aids for identifying various cancer cells.
The young investigators identified by Genome Technology were nominated by national leaders in biomedical research. Recipients were chosen from among young researchers in the United States, Canada, Germany, and the Untied Kingdom.