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John Gorzynski

John is a veterinary scientist who is interested in the genetics of cardiomyopathy in non-human primates and long-read sequencing technologies. John studied Biology as an undergraduate and continued to veterinary school, where he began researching a family of chimpanzees with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. After graduating from veterinary school, John practiced as a mixed animal surgeon in Wales, treating many species including; horses, cows, sheep, dogs, and cats. While in practice, John always found himself thinking about how his previous non-human primate research could benefit from new sequencing technologies. This led him to apply to graduate school and John joined the Ashley lab in 2016 as a PhD student.

During his PhD studies, John focused on two projects, 1. Identifying genetic determinants of cardiovascular disease in the great ape species (Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, and Orangutans), and 2. Developing an ultra-rapid nanopore whole genome diagnostic test for critically ill patients. John graduated in 2021 and continues his training as a postdoc focused on long-read genome sequencing technologies to diagnose human disease.