Keisha McSweeney

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Headshot of Keisha Melodi McSweeny UPGG Graduate Student (2012)
LSRC B Wing, Room 330
Box 91009 DUMC
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-0896
Fax: (919) 668-6787

Research interest: Genetics of human disease

I am a first year UPGG student in Dr. David Goldstein’s lab. I am originally from Belize City, Belize where I finished my Associate’s in Natural Sciences. I moved to Chicago in 2008 where I finished my Bachelor’s in Molecular Genetics. After graduating, I chose to gain more research experience by joining the Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) at the University of Michigan where I worked on identifying candidate causative genes for atypical progerias under the direction of Dr. Thomas Glover. I am currently working on characterizing mutations in the ATP1A3 gene that cause Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood. My research interests are broadly in the genetics of human disease.

My reasons for choosing to come to Duke are many. North Carolina is a great place to be a young adult and there are many ways to advance in academics as well as in personal life. I enjoy salsa dancing in my free time, mentoring students as a part of the BOOST program, and eating at the many fine restaurants in Durham.