Janine M. LaSalle, Ph.D.

Janine M. LaSalle, Ph.D.Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, UC Davis Genome Center, UC Davis MIND Institute
Medical Microbiology and Immunology
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616


Phone:  530-754-7598
Email:  jmlasalle@ucdavis.edu  

Dr. LaSalle is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California, Davis, with memberships in the Genome Center, Rowe Program in Human Genetics, and the MIND Institute.  Dr. LaSalle serves on the editorial board of the journal Human Molecular Genetics and Molecular Autism, scientific advisory boards of the International Rett Syndrome Foundation and Dup15q Alliance Foundation.  The research focus in Dr. LaSalle’s laboratory is on epigenetics of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, Rett syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Angelman syndrome, and 15q duplication syndrome.  Dr. LaSalle’s laboratory has developed multiple innovative approaches for epigenetic investigations using genetic mouse models, neuronal cultures, and postmortem human brain.  Dr. LaSalle’s laboratory has been successful in the use of genomic and epigenomic technologies to investigate the role of MeCP2 in the pathogenesis of Rett syndrome and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. LaSalle is the chair of the Genetics Graduate Group, and a member of three other graduate groups, including Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, and Biophysics  Her graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have received several prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Autism Speaks.  Dr. LaSalle’s laboratory has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1999 and is currently funded by NICHD, NINDS, NIEHS, and the Prader-Willi Foundation.


B.S., Biology, Randolph-Macon College, 1988
Ph.D., Immunology, Harvard University, 1993