Past Crew Member: Brittany M. Hollister, PhD

Previous Position

Crawford Graduate Student, co-mentored with Drs. Amy Non and Melinda Aldrich (2012-2017)

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Post-doctoral Fellow, mentored by Vence L. Bonham, Jr, JD and Susan J. Persky, PhD (2017-2019)

Current Position

Academic Program Specialist III, University of Florida Genetics Institute (2019-present)

Brittany Hollister earned her PhD in human genetics at Vanderbilt University under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Non (Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California San Diego), Dr. Melinda Aldrich (Assistant Professor in the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt University), and Dr. Dana Crawford (Associate Professor in Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at Case Western Reserve University). Prior to her PhD, Brittany earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Rollins College in 2012. Brittany's dissertation was the investigation of gene-environment interactions between genetic variants contributing to blood pressure and socioeconomic status in African Americans. Brittany's research interests span anthropology, human genetics, health disparities, and biomedical informatics. In addition to research, Brittany was active in teaching and mentoring serving as a teaching assistant for Dr. Non's anthropology classes as well as a senior student mentor to undergraduate students in the lab.

Recent Publications

  1. Hollister, BM, Zilbermint, M, Minniti, CP, Buscetta, AJ, Abdallah, KE, You, S, Soldin, SJ, Meyer, JS, Stratakis, CA, Bonham, VL et al.. Lower hair cortisol among patients with sickle cell disease may indicate decreased adrenal reserves. Am J Blood Res 2021; 11 (2): 140-148. PubMed PMID:34079627 PubMed Central PMC8165714.
  2. Hollister, BM, Yaremych, HE, Goldring, MR, Persky, S. Mothers' and fathers' cognitive and affective responses to epigenetics concepts. Environ Epigenet 2019; 5 (4): dvz021. PubMed PMID:33244405 PubMed Central PMC6875654.
  3. Persky, S, Yaremych, HE, Goldring, MR, Ferrer, RA, Rose, MK, Hollister, BM. Investigating the Efficacy of Genetic, Environmental, and Multifactorial Risk Information When Communicating Obesity Risk to Parents of Young Children. Ann Behav Med 2021; 55 (8): 720-733. PubMed PMID:33196082 PubMed Central PMC8311788.
  4. Desine, S, Hollister, BM, Abdallah, KE, Persaud, A, Hull, SC, Bonham, VL. The Meaning of Informed Consent: Genome Editing Clinical Trials for Sickle Cell Disease. AJOB Empir Bioeth ; 11 (4): 195-207. PubMed PMID:33044907 PubMed Central PMC7710006.
  5. Hollister, BM, Gatter, MC, Abdallah, KE, Armsby, AJ, Buscetta, AJ, Byeon, YJJ, Cooper, KE, Desine, S, Persaud, A, Ormond, KE et al.. Perspectives of Sickle Cell Disease Stakeholders on Heritable Genome Editing. CRISPR J 2019; 2 (6): 441-449. PubMed PMID:31742431 PubMed Central PMC6919256.
  6. Hollister, BM, Farber-Eger, E, Aldrich, MC, Crawford, DC. A Social Determinant of Health May Modify Genetic Associations for Blood Pressure: Evidence From a SNP by Education Interaction in an African American Population. Front Genet 2019; 10 : 428. PubMed PMID:31134134 PubMed Central PMC6523518.
  7. Turbitt, E, Roberts, MC, Hollister, BM, Lewis, KL, Biesecker, LG, Klein, WMP. Ethnic identity and engagement with genome sequencing research. Genet Med 2019; 21 (8): 1735-1743. PubMed PMID:30568309 PubMed Central PMC6586548.
  8. Hollister, BM, Restrepo, NA, Farber-Eger, E, Crawford, DC, Aldrich, MC, Non, A. DEVELOPMENT AND PERFORMANCE OF TEXT-MINING ALGORITHMS TO EXTRACT SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS FROM DE-IDENTIFIED ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS. Pac Symp Biocomput 2017; 22 : 230-241. PubMed PMID:27896978 PubMed Central PMC5147499.
  9. Non, AL, Hollister, BM, Humphreys, KL, Childebayeva, A, Esteves, K, Zeanah, CH, Fox, NA, Nelson, CA, Drury, SS. DNA methylation at stress-related genes is associated with exposure to early life institutionalization. Am J Phys Anthropol 2016; 161 (1): 84-93. PubMed PMID:27218411 PubMed Central PMC5278953.
  10. Hollister, BM, Oonk, KA, Weiser, DC, Walsh, S. Characterization of the three zebrafish orthologs of the mitochondrial GTPase Miro/Rhot. Comp Biochem Physiol B Biochem Mol Biol 2016; 191 : 126-34. PubMed PMID:26482085 .
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Brittany on Twitter

Check out the new Nature Communications piece from one of our Genetics & Genomics PhD students! twitter.com/UFGenetics/sta…

Please share with anyone interested in pursuing a PhD in genetics & genomics! Come learn more about the program at UF! twitter.com/UFGenetics/sta…

Looking to advance your career in #genetics? The UFGI’s Genetics & Genomics PhD Program is hosting a virtual information session Nov 9th 1pm EST! Come learn about what our interdisciplinary institute has to offer- directly from faculty & students! ➡️ bit.ly/UFGI-info-regi… Retweeted by Brittany M Hollister, PhD

Last week, some talented @genome_gov researchers published a commentary in @HGGAdvances describing an inclusive future of genomics that embraces integrated anti-racism approaches. I recommend reading their described ethos for a better future of science: bit.ly/3ChPPgH Retweeted by Brittany M Hollister, PhD

Studies have shown that enhancing the diversity of the research workforce fosters innovation and creativity, which happens when people recognize that diverse perspectives and life experiences provide different contexts and approaches for tackling challenging problems. 1/ twitter.com/NHGRI_Director… Retweeted by Brittany M Hollister, PhD

Today is #WorldFragileXDay. There have been many recent developments in genetic testing for developmental conditions such as #FragileX. I'm still recruiting for my study and interested in hearing from parents about these new tests. twitter.com/erin_turbitt/s… Retweeted by Brittany M Hollister, PhD

Parents of children with genetic developmental conditions: we’re interested to know what you think about new genetic tests that are in development. Follow the link to register your interest and find out more. #RareDisease #FragileX redcap.research.uts.edu.au/surveys/?s=EC4… Retweeted by Brittany M Hollister, PhD

Congratulations to Dan Stribling, #UFGI PhD student, for his recent first author publication: "A noncanonical microRNA derived from the snaR-A noncoding RNA targets a metastasis inhibitor." Keep up the great work! 🧬 Read his new publication: bit.ly/NewStriblingPub Retweeted by Brittany M Hollister, PhD

I'm excited to present my poster at #apsvirtual21 on affected individuals' perceptions of the other diabetes type! psychologicalscience.confex.com/psychologicals… Retweeted by Brittany M Hollister, PhD

Thank you @NHGRI_Director! Honored to serve @genome_gov as the new Acting Deputy Director and excited to connect in this space to share perspectives on enhancing diversity, inclusion, and health equity in genomics. #scicomm #genomics #diversityequityinclusion twitter.com/NHGRI_Director… Retweeted by Brittany M Hollister, PhD

Congratulations to @VenceBonham! Very well deserved and NHGRI is lucky to have you!! twitter.com/NHGRI_Director…

Last but never least - @sydney_telaak presents on our newest #VR-based study assessing med students' response to polygenic risk score information in a clinical simulation 🧬📈 Retweeted by Brittany M Hollister, PhD

Hear about how emerging epigenetics concepts can influence parent attitudes and beliefs about their child's disease risk from Emma Schopp 🧬🧬🧬 #SBM2021 Retweeted by Brittany M Hollister, PhD

I’m so excited for our virtual Grad Student Showcase featuring @genome_gov ‘s Vence Bonham! It’s going to be a fun event! twitter.com/UFGenetics/sta…

Applications are open for our postdoctoral fellowship in genomic science and health equity! The fellowship will prepare individuals to use genetic, genomic and pharmacogenomic approaches to advance minority health and health equity. Learn more and apply! bit.ly/3b0ciTL Retweeted by Brittany M Hollister, PhD

New Student Publication! 📖 Yuning Liu, #UFGI PhD student, furthers her research on the movement disorder DYT1 Dystonia with a recent publication on which she is first author. Congratulations, Yuning! Read it here: bit.ly/YuningNewPaper #UF #Genetics #Research Retweeted by Brittany M Hollister, PhD

Paul Wassel, a third year #UFGI Genetics & Genomics student, was elected President of the UF Graduate Student Council! 🎉 Congratulations Paul on your new position! #GoGreater #UFGradSchool Retweeted by Brittany M Hollister, PhD

We #StandUpAndHoller for genetic research! Today is Gator Nation Giving Day, and we are calling on all Gators to give a gift to the area of UF that means the most to them. Please consider giving to the UFGI! 🔷bit.ly/UFGI-Giving-Day🔶 #AllForTheGators Retweeted by Brittany M Hollister, PhD