DIVISION OF GENETICS

Research Faculty

Photo of Jannine Cody, PhD

Jannine D. Cody, Ph.D.
Associate professor of pediatrics
Division of Genetics and Metabolic Disorders
Assistant program director, Frederic C. Bartter General Clinical Research Center
The Chromosome 18 Clinical Research Center
Office phone: 210-567-9220
Lab phone: 210-567-5321
Office fax: 210-567-0492

Education:
Ph.D., human genetics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, 1997
M.S., biology, University of Iowa, 1978
B.S., general science, University of Iowa, 1976
A.A., general science, Grand View College

Training:
Fellowship, human genetics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, 1997-99

Recent publications:
Cody JD, Sebold C, Malik A, Heard P, Carter E, Crandall A, Soileau B, Semrud-Clikeman M, Cody CM, Hardies LJ, Li J, Lancaster J, Fox PT, Stratton RF, Perry B, Hale DE. Recurrent Interstitial Deletions of Proximal 18q: A New Syndrome Involving Expressive Speech Delay Am. J Med Genet 2007;143A:1181-1190.

Semrud-Clikeman M, Thompson NM, Schaub BL, Leach R, Hester A, Hale DE, Cody JD. Cognitive ability predicts degree of genetic abnormality in participants with 18q deletions. J Int Neuropsychol Soc 2005 Sep;11(5):584-590.

Lancaster JL, Cody JD, Andrews T, Hardies LJ, Hale DE, Fox PT. Myelination in children with partial deletions of chromosome 18q. Am J Neuroradiol 2005;26(3):447-454.

Research and clinical interests:
syndromes of chromosome 18 (18q-, 18p-, Tetrasomy 18p, Ring 18 & Trisomy 18). We are interested in understanding the molecular basis, clinical and educational features as well as the natural history of individuals with these syndromes.

 

Photo of Dr. Robin LeachRobin Leach, Ph.D.
Professor of pediatrics
Division of Genetics
Cytogenetics and Genetics Research Core, San Antonio Cancer Institute
Office phone: 210-567-6947

Research and clinical interests:
human molecular genetics, Paget disease of the bone and osteosarcomas

Recent publications:
Johnson-Pais TL, Nellissery MJ, Ammerman D, Pathmanathan D, Bhatia P, Buller CL, Leach RJ, Hansen MF (2002) Fine mapping of the putative osteosarcoma tumor suppressor gene on chromosome 18q21.3. Internatl J Cancer, in press.

Balic I, Graham ST, Troyer DA, Higgins B, Pollock BH, Johnson-Pais TL, Thompson IM, Leach RJ (2002) Androgen receptor length polymorphism associated with prostate cancer risk in Hispanics. J Urology, in press.

Schaub RL, Reveles XT, Baillargeon J, Leach RJ, Cody JD (2002) Molecular characterization of 18p deletions: evidence for a breakpoint cluster. Genet Med 4:15-19.

 

Photo of Dr. Teresa Johnson-PaisTeresa Johnson-Pais, Ph.D.
Associate professor of pediatrics
Division of Genetics
Cytogenetics and Genetics Research Core, San Antonio Cancer Institute
Office telephone: 210-567-6571
Lab phone: 210-567-5261

Education:
Ph.D., cellular and structural biology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, 1994
B.S., medical technology, University of Nebraska, 1986

Training:
Fellowship, molecular genetics, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, 1996-98
Fellowship, genetics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, 1994-96

Board Certification:
Medical Technologist - American Society of Clinical Pathologists

Recent Publications:
Srinivasan S, Ito M, Kajiya H, Key LL, Johnson-Pais TL, Reddy SV. Functional characterization of human osteoclast inhibitory peptide-1 (OIP-1/hSca) gene promoter. Gene 2006 Apr;371(1):16-24.

Gunn SR, Reveles XT, Hamlington JD, Sadkowski LC, Johnson-Pais TL, Jorgensen JH. Use of DNA sequencing analysis to confirm fungemia due to Trichosporon dermatis in a pediatric patient. J Clin Microbiol 2006 Mar;44(3):1175-1177.

Lehman DM, Leach R, Johnson-Pais T, Hamlington J, Fowler S, Almasy L, Duggirala R, Stern MP, Abboud HE. Evaluation of tight junction protein 1 encoding zona occludens 1 as a candidate gene for albuminuria in a Mexican American population Exp and Clin Endoc and Diab 2006

Interests:
Genetics of Cancer - Identification of genetic alterations that play a role in cancer tumorigenesis, especially in urologic cancers. Genetics of Paget's Disease of Bone - Understanding the role of mutant SQSTM1 proteins in familial Paget's Disease of Bone

 

Dr. Louise O'DonnellLouise O'Donnell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology
Division of Genetics
Phone: 210-567-6534

Education:
Ph.D., School Psychology, University of Texas at Austin 2004
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Trinity University 1982
B.A., Psychology, University of Houston, 1979

Training:
Residency Training in Clinical Psychology, UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, 1999-2000

Board Certification:
Licensed Psychologist
Licensed Psychological Associate

Recent Publications:
Berninger V, O‘Donnell L, Holdnack J. Research-Supported Differential Diagnosis of Specific Learning disabilities and Implications for Instruction and Response and Instruction (RTI) A. Prifitera, D.H. Saklofske & L.G. Weiss (Eds.). Clinical Interpretation of the WISC-IV-revised. San Diego CA: Academic Press; 2008.

Wood PR, Smith, B, O‘Donnell L, Galbreath AD, Lara M, Forkner E, Peters JI. Quantifying asthma symptoms in adults: The Lara Asthma Symptom Scale American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2007 Dec; 120(6):1368-1372.

Olvera,R., Semrud-Clikeman,M., Pliska, S.,& O‘Donnell, L. Neuropsychological Deficits in Adolescents with Conduct Disorder and Comorbid Bipolar Disorder: A Pilot Study Bipolar Disorders 2005;7:57-67.

Berninger, V., Smith, D.,& O‘Donnell, L.. Research-Supported Assessment-Intervention links for Reading and Writing NASP Communique 2004;32(5)

Interests:
Investigation of neurocognitive processes (memory and executive functioning) associated with learning disabilities and ADHD; understanding the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional features associated with the syndromes of chromosome 18 (18q-, 18p-, tetrasomy 18p, Ring 18 & Trisomy 18).