Chenn Lab

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-Friedrich Nietzsche

Welcome to the Chenn Lab!

Our major research interest is understanding the factors that control cell proliferation and differentiation in the developing mammalian central nervous system. The ongoing research of the lab seeks to understand the function and control of these pathways in both normal and tumor cells. The identification and better understanding of these key pathways can lead to improved diagnostic tools and novel drug targets in neurological diseases such as Autism and Brain Cancer. See our Research page for details. We are in the Department of Pathology at the University of Illinois, Chicago

Latest News

Adam Stocker, former Neurosciences PhD, graduate from the lab, is now faculty at Minnesota!

We have a SFARI Pilot award to support our studies of CHD8 and autism.

Learn more about the developmental neurobiology of autism

Our latest publications

The role of adherens junctions in the developing neocortex.
Stocker AM, Chenn A.
Cell Adh Migr. 2015;9(3):167-74. doi: 10.1080/19336918.2015.1027478.
PMID: 25914082

Clonality assessment of cutaneous B-cell lymphoid proliferations: a comparison of flow cytometry immunophenotyping, molecular studies, and immunohistochemistry/in situ hybridization and review of the literature.
Schafernak KT, Variakojis D, Goolsby CL, Tucker RM, Martínez-Escala ME, Smith FA, Dittman D, Chenn A, Guitart J.
Am J Dermatopathol. 2014 Oct;36(10):781-95. doi: 10.1097/DAD.0000000000000022. Review.
PMID: 24335516


Our research is made possible by generous funding sources

The American Cancer Society, Illinois Division

March of Dimes Research Program

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health

National Cancer Institute

The Searle Scholars Program

The Sontag Foundation Distinguished Scholar Award

The V Foundation for Cancer Research

Wendy Will Case Fund

SFARI (Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative)

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