Symposium Speaker: Ky’Era Actkins, BS

Ky'Era Actkins is a graduate student in Biomedical Sciences at Meharray Medical College in Nashville, TN. Ky'Era earned a Bachelor's of Science at the University of Alabama majoring in Biology. Ky'Era is a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Lea Davis at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as part of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, and she is interested in using computational genomics to study health disparities with a focus on reproductive health.  Her research currently focuses on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), where she as part of the electronic Medical Records & Genomics (eMERGE) Network have developed computable phenotyping approaches to identify cases of PCOS for downstream genomic studies.  Ky'Era is also interested in diversity in research, and she is currently a member of the American Society of Human Genetics Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.


Recent Publications

  1. Burns, K, Mullin, BH, Moolhuijsen, LME, Laisk, T, Tyrmi, JS, Cui, J, Actkins, KV, Louwers, YV, Estonian Biobank Research Team, Davis, LK et al.. Body mass index stratified meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies of polycystic ovary syndrome in women of European ancestry. BMC Genomics 2024; 25 (1): 208. PubMed PMID:38408933 PubMed Central PMC10895801.
  2. Meng, X, Navoly, G, Giannakopoulou, O, Levey, DF, Koller, D, Pathak, GA, Koen, N, Lin, K, Adams, MJ, Rentería, ME et al.. Multi-ancestry genome-wide association study of major depression aids locus discovery, fine mapping, gene prioritization and causal inference. Nat Genet 2024; 56 (2): 222-233. PubMed PMID:38177345 PubMed Central PMC10864182.
  3. Mbarek, H, Gordon, SD, Duffy, DL, Hubers, N, Mortlock, S, Beck, JJ, Hottenga, JJ, Pool, R, Dolan, CV, Actkins, KV et al.. Genome-wide association study meta-analysis of dizygotic twinning illuminates genetic regulation of female fecundity. Hum Reprod 2024; 39 (1): 240-257. PubMed PMID:38052102 PubMed Central PMC10767824.
  4. Beasley, HK, Actkins, KV, Marshall, AG, Garza-Lopez, E, Wanjalla, C, Scudese, E, Kirabo, A, Liu, K, Hinton, A Jr. A quick guide to networking for scientists. Trends Pharmacol Sci 2024; 45 (1): 1-4. PubMed PMID:37968220 .
  5. Vue, Z, Neikirk, K, Vang, L, Garza-Lopez, E, Christensen, TA, Shao, J, Lam, J, Beasley, HK, Marshall, AG, Crabtree, A et al.. Three-dimensional mitochondria reconstructions of murine cardiac muscle changes in size across aging. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 2023; 325 (5): H965-H982. PubMed PMID:37624101 PubMed Central PMC10977873.
  6. Actkins, KV, Jean-Pierre, G, Aldrich, MC, Velez Edwards, DR, Davis, LK. Sex modifies the effect of genetic risk scores for polycystic ovary syndrome on metabolic phenotypes. PLoS Genet 2023; 19 (5): e1010764. PubMed PMID:37256887 PubMed Central PMC10259776.
  7. Harmon, QE, Actkins, KV, Baird, DD. Fibroid Prevalence-Still So Much to Learn. JAMA Netw Open 2023; 6 (5): e2312682. PubMed PMID:37163271 .
  8. Actkins, KV, Beasley, HK, Faucon, AB, Davis, LK, Sakwe, AM. Calcium-Sensing Receptor Polymorphisms at rs1801725 Are Associated with Increased Risk of Secondary Malignancies. J Pers Med 2021; 11 (7): . PubMed PMID:34357109 PubMed Central PMC8304025.
  9. Actkins, KV, Srinivasan, S, Spees, LP, Turbitt, E, Allen, CG, Roberts, MC. Uptake of Genetic Testing Among Patients with Cancer At Risk for Lynch Syndrome in the National Health Interview Survey. Cancer Prev Res (Phila) 2021; 14 (10): 927-932. PubMed PMID:34341014 PubMed Central PMC8492535.
  10. Dennis, JK, Sealock, JM, Straub, P, Lee, YH, Hucks, D, Actkins, K, Faucon, A, Feng, YA, Ge, T, Goleva, SB et al.. Clinical laboratory test-wide association scan of polygenic scores identifies biomarkers of complex disease. Genome Med 2021; 13 (1): 6. PubMed PMID:33441150 PubMed Central PMC7807864.
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