Erik Andersen Assistant Professor
The Andersen laboratory uses quantitative and molecular genetics to understand the polymorphisms that underlie multigenic traits of medical, ecological, and evolutionary importance. In addition to genetics, we use new sequencing technologies, high-throughput phenotyping assays, and other genomic tools to determine the molecular mechanisms for how genetic variation causes phenotypic differences. We have broad research interests, including responses to microbial and chemical stresses, drug sensitivities, and aging-related processes.
A Variant in the Neuropeptide Receptor npr-1 is a Major Determinant of Caenorhabditis elegans Growth and Physiology. Andersen EC, Bloom JS, Gerke JP, and Kruglyak L. PLoS Genetics. 2014 February 27;10:2.
Chromosome-scale selective sweeps shape Caenorhabditis elegans genomic diversity. Andersen EC, Gerke JP, Shapiro JA, Crissman JR, Ghosh R, Bloom JS, Félix M-A, and Kruglyak L. Nature Genetics. 2012 March;44(3):285-290.
Natural Variation in a Chloride Channel Subunit Confers Avermectin Resistance in C. elegans. Ghosh R, Andersen EC, Shapiro JA, Gerke JP, and Kruglyak L. Science. 2012 February 3;335(6068):574-578.
A polymorphism in npr-1 is a behavioral determinant of pathogen susceptibility in C. elegans. Reddy KC, Andersen EC, Kruglyak L, Kim DH. Science. 2009 January 16;323(5912):382-4.
2014 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences
Chicago Biomedical Consortium Catalyst Grant, Northwestern University, 2014
American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant, Northwestern University, 2013
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
Anna Fuller Cancer Research Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Stanford University