Elissa Chesler

Research Interests

My laboratory integrates quantitative genetics, bioinformatics and behavioral science to understand and identify the biological basis for the relationships among behavioral traits. We develop and apply cross-species genomic data integration, advanced computing methods, and novel high-precision, high-diversity mouse populations to find genes associated with a constellation of behavioral disorders and other complex traits. This integrative strategy enables us to relate mouse behavior to specific aspects of human disorders, to test the validity of behavioral classification schemes, and to find genes and genetic variants that influence behavior.

Selected Publications

Bubier JA, Jay JJ, Baker CL, Bergeson SE, Ohno H, Metten P, Crabbe JC, Chesler EJ. Identification of a QTL in Mus musculus for alcohol preference, withdrawal, and Ap3m2 expression using integrative functional genomics and precision genetics. Genetics. 197(4):1377-93. 2014.

Baker E, Bubier JA, Reynolds T, Langston MA, Chesler EJ. GeneWeaver: data driven alignment of cross-species genomics in biology and disease. Nucleic Acids Res. 44(D1):D555-9. 2016.

Dickson PE, Miller MM, Calton MA, Bubier JA, Cook MN, Goldowitz D, Chesler EJ, Mittleman G. Systems genetics of intravenous cocaine self-administration in the BXD recombinant inbred mouse panel. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2015.

Chesler EJ, Gatti DM, Morgan AP, Strobel M, Trepanier L, Oberbeck D, McWeeney S, Hitzemann R, Ferris M, McMullan R, Clayshultle A, Bell TA, Manuel de Villena FP, Churchill GA. Diversity Outbred Mice at 21: Maintaining Allelic Variation in the Face of Selection. G3 (Bethesda). 6(12):3893-3902. 2016.

Bogue MA, Peters LL, Paigen B, Korstanje R, Yuan R, Ackert-Bicknell C, Grubb SC, Churchill GA, Chesler EJ. Accessing Data Resources in the Mouse Phenome Database for Genetic Analysis of Murine Life Span and Health Span. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 71(2):170-7. 2016.

Karp NA, Mason J, Beaudet AL, Benjamini Y, Bower L, Braun RE, Brown SDM, Chesler EJ, Dickinson ME, Flenniken AM, Fuchs H, Angelis MH, Gao X, Guo S, Greenaway S, Heller R, Herault Y, Justice MJ, Kurbatova N, Lelliott CJ, Lloyd KCK, Mallon AM, Mank JE, Masuya H, McKerlie C, Meehan TF, Mott RF, Murray SA, Parkinson H, Ramirez-Solis R, Santos L, Seavitt JR, Smedley D, Sorg T, Speak AO, Steel KP, Svenson KL; International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium, Wakana S, West D, Wells S, Westerberg H, Yaacoby S, White JK. Prevalence of sexual dimorphism in mammalian phenotypic traits. Nat Commun. 8:15475.  2017.

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