We welcome Dr. Jennifer Schleit to the CPDx team! Dr. Schleit has over 15 years research experience in a variety of fields including cancer biology, aging, and genetics. She received her undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology and her PhD from the University of Washington, Department of Pathology. Her graduate research focused on how genetic variation influences the response to dietary restriction and environmental pollutants.
Following her passion for genetics, Dr. Schleit continued at the University of Washington as post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Peter Byers and the Collagen Diagnostic Laboratory, studying how genetic variants influence mRNA splicing. During this time, she also completed a clinical fellowship in clinical molecular genetics and became certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) in 2015.
Currently, Dr. Schleit’s research focuses on the inherited aneurysm syndrome Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type IV, examining why specific regions of the vasculature appear to be prone to aneurysm and identifying potential targets for therapy development. We are excited to have Dr. Schleit as a member of the Center for Precision Diagnostics team.