Sierra Nishizaki

Doctoral Student since January 2015
Human Genetics Candidate

Research areas

  • Non-coding variation
  • Zebrafish models
  • Gene Regulation


  • B.S.: San Francisco State University

Honors and Awards

  • Genome Science Training Program
  • Rackham Merit Fellow
  • Rackham Summer Award
  • Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant (post-candidate)


Sierra Nishizaki’s PhD research focuses on expanding our knowledge of the non- coding genome. To do this they are both working with zebrafish to identify and characterize new regulatory elements from the human genome and designing software to predict disease-relevant variation within these regions.

Boyle lab papers

  1. Nishizaki SS and Boyle AP. 2017. Mining the Unknown: Assigning Function to Noncoding Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms. Trends in Genetics. 33: 34-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.tig.2016.10.008.
  2. Nishizaki SS, Ng N, Dong S, Morterud C, Williams C, and Boyle AP. 2019. Predicting the effects of SNPs on transcription factor binding affinity. BiorXiv. 581306: DOI: 10.1101/581306.