Author Archives: Tisza Bell

About Tisza Bell

Tisza Bell, PhD, is a Field Application Scientist and joined the team in March of 2021. Tisza completed her BA at Colgate University, MS at the University of Colorado, and PhD in Microbiology at Montana State University. Upon completing her PhD, she spent 3-years at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Division of Biosecurity and Public Health before returning to academia at the University of Montana. She worked on the front line of Covid-19 monitoring and has authored scientific articles on topics ranging from harmful algal blooms to giant viruses. When not digging into data or training customers, she’s outside biking single track, skiing powder lines, or tending her vegetable garden.

How a neonate’s rash can be one of your most important pieces of data: making phenotypic info statistically tractable for clinical diagnostics

         August 5, 2021

I remember visiting a patient in the NICU amongst the incubators, some glowing blue like tiny tanning beds to treat jaundice, all containing tiny humans – many smaller than a loaf of bread. Infants get admitted into the neonatal intensive care unit or NICU for many reasons ranging from elevated bilirubin, hypoglycemia, sepsis, and respiratory distress (RDS). Many are eventually… Read more »

Highlights from “Reduce Turn-Around with Enhanced Cancer Annotations and CancerKB Updates”

         July 22, 2021

We had a wonderful turnout for our recent webcast, “Reduce Turn-Around with Enhanced Cancer Annotations & CancerKB Updates.” Thanks so much to those who were able to join us! And not to worry, we have a link to the recording here just in case you weren’t able to make it. We covered the gamut of new and updated annotation tracks available in VarSeq along with the… Read more »

An end to diagnostic odysseys?

         July 13, 2021

Could leveraging CNV analysis for whole exome or genome sequencing help provide answers for the undiagnosed? Roughly 4% of the world’s population shares one common desire – a diagnosis (1). Though it may seem counterintuitive, a diagnosis, no matter how grim, can provide relief, validation, the chance to make plans, and have a discernible sense of future for individuals and… Read more »

Variant Filtration and Interpretation

         June 3, 2021

I learned about Batten disease from a childhood friend’s Facebook post. Over the course of a few months, her 8-year-old, Eva, the oldest of 4 daughters – Emily, Lucy, and Carly – was rapidly going blind. Baffled, doctors ran a genetic panel that returned a devastating result – the diagnosis of Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis or Batten disease. A broad… Read more »