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Valerie Schaibley, PhD

Valerie Schaibley, PhD is the Administrator for the Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, where she works to advance precision health in the state of Arizona. She received her PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan and worked for several years in industry, developing genetic tests for precision medicine applications.

Recent Blog Posts

Pregnant woman and doctor holding a DNA model
Tags: prenatal testing, noninvasive prenatal testing, pregnancy, genetics, genomic testing, prenatal genetic testing, maternal DNA, Down syndrome, aneuploidies, liquid biopsies, fetus
During the past six years, advances in genetic technology completely have changed the way women and their health-care providers approach genetic testing during pregnancy. Noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT), one of the newest... (read more)
Memory loss, conceptual artwork
Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, brain disorder, brain science, genetics, genetic mutations, genetic testing, apolipoprotein, lifestyle, genetic counselors
Do I really want to know? This is one of the most important questions people ask themselves before genetic testing. And this conundrum is more relevant for conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease... (read more)
Boy using an inhaler outdoors
Tags: asthma, allergic asthma, precision health, precision medicine, genetics, genes, dust, pollen, mold, pet dander, human genome, biomarkers
Asthma is a complex condition estimated to afflict as many as 23 million Americans. Asthmatics present with a variety of symptoms that either start in early childhood or present anytime through adulthood, or later in life, with... (read more)
Group of diverse people
Tags: precision medicine, All of Us, NIH, environment, lifestyle, genes, genetics, genetic mutations, Breast cancer, BRACA1, BRACA2, Cancer, prevention, medications, diversity
There is power in numbers. When a researcher is studying the causes of a human disease, the more people involved in the study, the greater the probability that the study will generate useful results. With this in mind, the... (read more)
Girl connected with cables for EEG for epilepsy testing
Tags: epilepsy, children, human genome, genetic mutations, DNA, SCN8A, seizures, traumatic brain injury, infection, turmors, quality of life
Epilepsy is the fourth most-common neurological disorder in adults, and the most common neurological condition in children. About 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy over the course of their lifetime.People with epilepsy have... (read more)
DNA autoradiogram in a petri dish
Tags: heart health, long QT syndrome, genetics, medications, environment, lifestyle
Almost every medication we take comes with some side effects. From nausea to headaches, dizziness to fatigue, each time a person pops a pill into their mouth they risk getting one or more of the side effects listed on the side of... (read more)
Pregnant woman with a glass of red wine
Tags: fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol exposure, pregnancy, maternal nutrition, maternal age, poverty, precision medicine, genetics, environment
Precision medicine uses data on an individual's person’s diet, exercise routine, family history, environment, genetics, and more to tailor treatment and prevention of certain conditions to that person’s unique... (read more)
DNA double helix strand
Tags: lung cancer, precision medicine, precision health, genetics, DNA, tumors, EGFR gene, women, asian ancestry
The field of precision medicine has been gaining steam over the past two years. During this period, the launch of the Precision Medicine Initiative and the All of Us Research Program have catapulted “precision medicine... (read more)
Tags: prostate cancer, African American men, aging, genetics, vitamin D, UV light, sun
Prostate cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in men. However, the chance that someone will get prostate cancer depends on a lot of different factors.On average, about 13 percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate... (read more)