Irma Vlasac

Christensen lab

Irma graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Biology and Biotechnology. Irma's research before joining the MCB program at Dartmouth has focused on the genetics of human circadian rhythms and the influence of circadian rhythms on human health and disease onset and manifestation. Outside of science, Irma volunteers regularly and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), working closely with court involved youth to offer support and mentorship. Her interests and passions include creating art, being active, exploring, and spending time with friends (especially the four-legged kind). 


HB Hinman Box 7650

Selected Publications

  • Lane JM, Vlasac I, Anderson SG, Kyle SD, Dixon WG, Bechtold DA, Gill S, Little MA, Luik A, Loudon A, Emsley R, Scheer FAJL, Lawlor DA, Redline S, Ray DW, Rutter MK, Saxena R. Genome-wide association analysis identifies novel loci for chronotype in 100,420 individuals from the UK Biobank. Nat. Commun. 7, 10889 (2016).

    Lane JM, Liang J, Vlasac I, Anderson SG, Bechtold DA, Bowden J, Emsley R, Gill S, Little MA, Luik AI, Loudon A, Scheer FAJL, Purcell SM, Lawlor DA, Zhu X, Redline S, Ray DW, Rutter MK, Saxena R. Genome- wide association analyses of sleep disturbance traits identify new loci and highlight shared genetics with neuropsychiatric and metabolic traits. Nat. Genet. 49, 274-281 (2017).

    Cain SW, Chang AM, Vlasac I, Tare A, Anderson C, Czeisler CA, Saxena R. Circadian rhythms in plasma brain-derived neurotrophic factor differ in men and women. J. Biol. Rhythms, 32, 75-82 (2017).