David H. Murdock Research Institute

MS research launched at Research Campus

August 16, 2014

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – A North Carolina Research Campus institute has launched dedicated multiple sclerosis research with its recent hire of a postdoctoral fellow to help study the disease from a genetic perspective.

Sabrina Cote, Ph.D., joined the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) as a postdoctoral research fellow working for Simon Gregory, Ph.D., director of the DHMRI genomics laboratory. She will be researching Multiple Sclerosis (MS) under Gregory’s direction.

Cote worked at Duke University as a postdoctoral fellow studying genome instability and DNA recombination and repair, specifically as it relates to cancer.

“What I bring to the table is a really strong background in genetics,” Cote said in a statement. “As an academic scientist, I bring knowledge of experimental design, data analysis, writing papers and grants, all the things that are associated with trying to get the research established.”

Cote is already analyzing data looking for biomarkers in human blood that can be developed into tools that will help researchers, doctors and patients understand the underlying mechanisms of MS and the course of the disease, which can lead to new treatments, according to information released by Research Campus officials

Gregory, who is also an associate professor in the section of Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine at Duke University and a renowned MS researcher, notes that hiring Cote to study MS is a first step toward establishing disease-focused research at DHMRI.

The data used for the team’s research is being gathered as part of the ongoing Murdock Study, which seeks to identify linkages across major diseases and disorders in order to treat them, according to its website.

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