Dr. Conley’s research interests are in the field of molecular genetics. She has a fully equipped molecular genomics laboratory located within the School of Nursing, and her lab is involved with several research projects. Her current research focuses on using omics approaches to understanding symptom development and patient outcomes after traumatic brain injury, stroke, and therapeutic interventions for cancer.
1999 | University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA | Master of Science in Genetic Counseling
1993 | University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA | PhD in Human Genetics
She is the director of an NIH funded training program titled “Targeted Research and Academic Training for Nurses in Genomics” (T32NR009759) that educates and trains nurses at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels to incorporate omics into their research trajectories. She developed and teaches the Advanced Topics in Human Genetics course (NUR2681). Dr. Conley is director of the Post-Baccalaureate and Post Masters Certificate in Health Care Genetics Programs as well as the minor in Health Care Genetics. She also is the chairperson or a member for doctoral dissertation committees for students who wish to have an omics-based component as part of their pre-doctoral work.