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

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-496-5494
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
  • PostdoctoralLaboratory of Bruce Baker1988–1991
  • Ph.D.Laboratory of Anthony Mahowald, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine1988
  • M.S.Laboratory of Sheldon Shen, Iowa State University of Science and Technology1985
  • B.A.Gustavus Adolphus College1981

 Related Links

  • Genetics/Genomics
Research Summary/In Plain Language

Research in Plain Language

Many diseases run in families due to the inheritance of particular sets of genes. If scientists can predict how genes function, we will be able to greatly improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Studying model species can make this possible. Cells follow a genetic blueprint composed of complex webs of interacting genes. These networks function to ultimately “turn on,” “turn off,” and “fine-tune” particular sets of genes for specific conditions, times, or locations.  Our experiments are helping us understand how these gene networks function. Based on our understanding of regulatory networks, we are developing models that predict gene function.