Originally from Sweden, Dr. Elin Grundberg trained in Human Genetics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge UK and at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Between 2013-2017 she held as an Assistant Professor the Canada Research Chair in Disease Genomics and Epigenomics at McGill University. In 2017, Dr Grundberg was recruited to Children’s Mercy Kansas City to establish epigenomics and single-cell programs for pediatric translational medicine studies. She holds the Roberta D. Harding & William F. Bradley, Jr. Endowed Chair in Genomic Research and is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics at UMKC School of Medicine.
Her group applies modern next-generation sequencing technologies in large populations aiming to understand how environmental triggers and genetic predisposition affects the functional genome and impacts complex disease risk. One area of research includes performing high-resolution molecular phenotyping specifically in respiratory samples at tissue and single-cell resolution for genome-wide monitoring of host response to respiratory viruses to identify underlying mechanisms for observed individual-level heterogeneity in clinical presentation and severity of viral infections across the lifespan.