Erik Andersen Associate 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:


Natural variation in arsenic toxicity is explained by differences in branched chain amino acid catabolism.  Zdraljevic S, Fox BW, Strand C, Panda O, Tenjo FJ, Brady SC, Crombie TA, Doench JG, Schroeder FC, Andersen EC
(2018 Jul 22) 

Extreme allelic heterogeneity at a Caenorhabditis elegans beta-tubulin locus explains natural resistance to benzimidazoles.  Hahnel SR, Zdraljevic S, Rodriguez BC, Zhao Y, McGrath PT, Andersen EC (2018 Oct 29)

Natural variation in a single amino acid underlies cellular responses to topoisomerase II poisons.
Zdraljevic S, Strand C, Seidel HS, Cook DE, Doench JG, Andersen EC (2017 Apr 07)

CeNDR, the Caenorhabditis elegans natural diversity resource.  (2016 Oct 3) Cook DE, Zdraljevic S, Roberts JP, Andersen EC

Selected Honors:

2014 - Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences

2015 - Editorial Board Member of Trends in Genetics

2015 - March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Research Scholar

2015 - American Cancer Society Research Scholar

2018 - National Science Foundation CAREER Award Recipient

2019 - Human Frontiers Science Program Research Grant Recipient