U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Brian Oliver

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-367-5316
Email: briano@helix.nih.gov

 Select Experience

  • Section ChiefDevelopmental Genomics Section, Laboratory of Cellular and Developmental Biology, NIDDK, NIH2005–Present
  • Senior InvestigatorLaboratory of Cellular and Developmental Biology, NIDDK, NIH2002–Present
  • InvestigatorLaboratory of Cellular and Developmental Biology, NIDDK, NIH1995–2002
  • Group LeaderAix-Marseille Université1992–1995
  • PostdoctoralStanford Univeristy1988–1991
  • Ph.D.Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine1988
  • M.S.Iowa State University of Science and Technology1985
  • B.A.Gustavus Adolphus College1981

 Related Links

  • Computational Biology/Bioinformatics/Biostatistics/Mathematics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics/Genomics
Research Summary/In Plain Language

Research Summary

Research Goal

Our ultimate goal is to determine how the collective action of genes results in an individual with specific characteristics and disease susceptibilities.​

Current Research

Drosophila melanogaster is an important functional model system, boasting facile genetics, complex organ systems, complex behaviors, and a sequenced genome.Our long-term goal is to develop predictive models of gene function. Our approach relies on high-throughput techniques used to profile biological processes such as expression, promoter occupancy, and chromatin status, in conjunction with computational analysis and genetics.​

Applying our Research

Subtle perturbations in gene networks are likely to cause much of inherited disease susceptibility, but understanding how complex genotypes and environmental interactions result in disease will require experimental systems biology using model organisms. Predictive models for gene and pathway function will be important for diagnosis and ultimately intervention, fulfilling the promise of the human genome project.

Need for Further Study

We have a reasonable understanding of the functions of some individual genes, but we know very little about how they work together.