Graduate CoordinatorDr. Osborne’s research focuses on mouse models and the genetic analysis of human subjects to probe the molecular basis of neurodevelopmental disorders. She completed her PhD at the National Heart Lung Institute in the U.K. and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
"My research focuses on rearrangements of human chromosome 7q11.23. We study the deletion disorder Williams-Beuren syndrome, as well as it’s reciprocal duplication disorder, and have helped elucidate the range of complex chromosomal rearrangements associated with this part of chromosome 7. We are currently using animal models, human samples and reprogrammed induced pluripotent stem cells to understand the molecular and cellular bases of the cognitive and behavioural aspects of these syndromes."