Jo Lynne Rokita, Ph.D.
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I received my B.S. in Science from the Pennsylvania State University and my M.S. in forensic science from Arcadia University. In 2013, I completed my Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from Virginia Commonwealth University under the mentorship of Dr. Michael F. Miles. My dissertation research focused on better understanding the molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying substance abuse disorders. In the fall of 2013, I joined the Applied Genetics Group at The National Institute of Standards and Technology as an NRC postdoctoral research associate. I was involved in the production of clinical DNA reference materials as well as a collaboration among NIST researchers and the Oncogenomics Section of the NCI Center for Cancer Research with the goals of classifying structural variants in pediatric solid tumor sequencing datasets as likely true or false positives using NIST-developed algorithms.
In August of 2015, I joined the lab of Dr. John Maris at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as a postdoctoral fellow turned research scientist, where used genomics to better understand the molecular bases of neuroblastoma initiation and progression with the goal of identifying novel therapeutic targets.
In March of 2019, I joined the Center for Data-Driven Discovery in Biomedicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where I co-lead the cancer analytics group in the Bioinformatics Unit. Our research focus is pediatric brain tumors.
Genetic Dissection of Behavioral Quantitative Trait Loci for Substances of Abuse
Link to publications on PUBMED.