Dr. Jeff Carroll discusses family, research, being gene positive and HDBuzz

On the kind of cool, grey, drizzly day that  marks fall on the West Coast, Jeff Carroll  is putting together his new research lab at  Western Washington University. In a lot of ways, the 34 year old has it made:  an impressive list of scientific publications,  a job offer that has brought him back home  to friends and family and a reputation as an  up-and-coming researcher with a knack for  communicating complex topics. Ironically, he owes it all to a small DNA stutter,  a few extra CAG repeats passed on from his  grandmother to his mother, and now on to him.
As a 20-something, Jeff was bright but  lacked direction. After dropping out of high  school, he spent a few years in the army and  was dabbling in a few community-college  philosophy courses when his mother was  diagnosed with Huntington disease (HD).With  little information then available about the  disease, Jeff signed up for a biology class to  get a better grasp on what was happening to  his mom. One thing led to another. He completed a PhD  with world-renown HD researcher Dr. Michael  Hayden and recently wrapped up a post doc  at Harvard Medical School. He is a co-founder  of HDBuzz, a website covering Huntington’s  research that attracts more than 70,000 visits a month, and he is a highly soughtafter speaker who regularly earns standing  ovations at Huntington’s conferences.


Source: HORIZON Huntington Society of Canada

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