Erik Andersen Assistant Professor

Research Summary: 

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.

Selected Publications:

A Variant in the Neuropeptide Receptor npr-1 is a Major Determinant of Caenorhabditis elegans Growth and PhysiologyAndersen 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. Science2009 January 16;323(5912):382-4.


Selected Honors:

Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, 2014

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