OMRF has announced the addition of two new researchers to its scientific staff.
OMRF has named Willard “Bill” Freeman, Ph.D., as a member in the foundation’s Genes and Human Disease Research Program. Freeman comes to OMRF from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, where he was an associate professor of physiology and on the research faculty at the Reynolds Oklahoma Center on Aging. At OMRF, Freeman will study how the brain’s epigenome, the genome’s organization system, changes with aging. His goal is to learn how to maintain a “youthful” epigenome with aging in hopes of preventing age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementias. Freeman received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C. He also holds a B.A. in English and chemistry from Wake Forest.
Jacquelyn Gorman, Ph.D., has joined OMRF as an assistant member in the foundation’s Arthritis and Clinical Immunology Research Program. Gorman comes to OMRF from the Seattle Children’s Research Institute in Seattle, Wash., where she completed a postdoctoral fellowship. Her research focuses on how inflammation and viruses promote autoimmune diseases like lupus, multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes through anti-viral genetic variants. Gorman received her B.S. in integrated health studies from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences with a concentration in immunology from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn.