Introduction to Sergey Kornilov

         October 8, 2015

Our final webcast presentation in the series of winners from our Annual Abstract Challenge is first place recipient Dr. Sergey Kornilov. A Postdoctoral Associate in the Child Study Center at Yale University’s School of Medicine, Dr. Kornilov’s submission focused on the genetic basis of developmental language disorders in a geographically isolated Russian-speaking population. Next week on October 14th, he will present his team’s research on SETBP1 as a novel candidate gene for these neurodevelopmental disorders (Join the webcast). If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Kornilov’s background and research, keep reading!

Before coming to Yale, Dr. Kornilov earned his MSc in Educational Psychology at Moscow State University and his PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Currently, Kornilov is part of Dr. Elena Grigorenko’s lab at the Yale Child Study Center which performs research and clinical services focused on behavioral and molecular genetics. He is focused on a range of projects, from language assessment development in Arabic and Russian to molecular genetic association studies in literacy and cognition.

In fact, Dr. Kornilov’s prestigious work on molecular genetics and neurophysiological bases of development language disorders has earned him the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2015 from the Society for Research on CHild development, as well as the 2015 Society for Neurobiology of Language Merit Award.

In his webcast next week, Dr. Kornilov will explain how he and the team at Yale performed a genome-wide association and whole exome sequencing study of members of a unique geographic Russian-speaking isolate, characterized by an unusually high prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders of speech and language.

Developmental language disorders affect approximately 7% of children and are associated with negative outcomes in a multitude of domains, including social, emotional, behavioral, and academic functioning. However, these disorders are severely understudied in respect to their genetic bases. Don’t miss out as Kornilov delves into his fascinating and groundbreaking studies, register for the webcast now!

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