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Faculty Detail    
Campus Address KAUL 230 Zip 0024
Phone  204-934-7925
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Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Genetics   Genetics Chair Office Assistant Professor Adjunct

Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Chris Gunter is the HudsonAlpha director of research affairs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in both genetics and biochemistry from the University of Georgia in 1992, and a Ph.D. in genetics from Emory University in 1998. Her research was centered on human genetics, and specifically on Fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited form of mental retardation. She then completed postdoctoral work at Case Western Reserve University, examining the mechanism of mammalian X-chromosome inactivation.

Dr. Gunter has also earned publishing experience at several journals, including editorial positions at Human Molecular Genetics and Science. She most recently served as the editor for genetics and genomics manuscripts at the international journal Nature, the most highly-cited general science journal in the world.

Dr. Gunter started at HudsonAlpha in 2008 and coordinates research activities in genetics and genomics. She creates and maintains an academic environment at HudsonAlpha -- including seminars, conferences, journal club, and university relationships -- and communicates HudsonAlpha’s research in a variety of different formats and public venues. She also holds adjunct appointments at three universities, and currently serves on the Program Committee and as the chair of the Communications Committee for the American Society of Human Genetics.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American Society of Human Genetics  Chair, Communications Committee 
American Society of Human Genetics  Program Committee 

Research/Clinical Interest
Science communication
My work focuses on communication of science to the public at all levels and in all possible media. I am involved in a number of community efforts to set standards in genetics and genomics, such as the publications listed below. I also study the reaction of the public to genomic data and clinical information, such as

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Gunter C, Paradee W, Crawford DC, Meadows KA, Newman J, Kunst CB, Nelson DL, Schwartz C, Murray A, Macpherson JN, Sherman SL, Warren ST. "Re-examination of factors associated with expansion of CGG repeats using a single nucleotide polymorphism in FMR1." Hum Mol Genet. 1998 Nov;7(12):1935-46.  9811938 
Gunter C. "Cancer genomics: Constructing a 'cancerpaedia'." Nat Rev Genet. 2012 Apr 18;13(5):300. doi: 10.1038/nrg3221.  22510763 
International Cancer Genome Consortium. "International network of cancer genome projects." Nature. 2010 Apr 15;464(7291):993-8.  20393554 
Lamb NE, Myers RM, Gunter C. "Education and personalized genomics: deciphering the public's genetic health report." Per Med. 2009 Nov 1;6(6):681.  20161675 
Toronto International Data Release Workshop Authors. "Prepublication data sharing." Nature. 2009 Sep 10;461(7261):168-70.  19741685 
Gunter C. "Genome biology: she moves in mysterious ways." Nature. 2005 Mar 17;434(7031):279-80.  15772630 

Science communication, Public understanding of genetics and genomics, Genetics, Genomics, Biotechnology