Donna Werling

Position title: Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics


Phone: (608) 262-3113




Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of California-LA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Postdoctoral in Genomics of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of California-SF, San Francisco, CA, USA

Research Description:

The primary focus of my laboratory is to identify etiological mechanisms for neurodevelopmental disorders, with a primary focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the roles of sexdifferential biology and genetic variation in risk. Given the power of genomewide analyses for unbiased discovery, we apply functional genomics, human genetics, and bioinformatics approaches to identify and characterize novel pathways and processes involved in disorder risk and sexdifferential neurobiology. Supported by a BBRF Young Investigator Grant, my independent lab at UWMadison is currently working to improve variant calling and accuracy of transcriptomic alignments to identify sexdifferential eQTLs in developing brain. Supported by SFARI Bridge to Independence and Sex Differences Collaboration awards, we are also studying neurogenomic sexbygenotype effects in mouse models of ASD risk genes, including the breeding, dissection, and functional genomics data generation from these mice.

Research Focus:

Genetic Variation, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Sex-Differential Biology, Functional Genomics

Link to Lab Website