Dr. Dennis Drayna National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, USA

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Dr. Drayna received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1976, and his PhD from Harvard University in 1981. He did postdoctoral research in Human Genetics at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Utah. He then spent 12 years in the San Francisco area biotechnology... read moreindustry, where his work focused on the genetics of cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. Since 1996 Dr. Drayna has been at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders within U.S. National Institutes of Health. His research interests there focused on applying the tools of human genetics and genomics to a range of topics that span the mission of the institute, including disorders of auditory pitch perception, variation in the sense of taste, and disorders of voice and speech. Dr. Drayna’s current studies are focused on the genetics and neuroscience of stuttering.