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Developmental Biology and Genetics Research Unit News

Dr. Patrick Jay's study that demonstrates that older mouse mothers reduce this risk for their offspring to that of younger mouse mothers through exercise alone is featured in the April 2015 issue of Nature.

Wilson’s lab is featured on the cover of the May 2013 issue of Endocrinology. The title of the paper is “Conditional Mutagenesis of Gata6 in SF1-Positive Cells Causes Gonadal-Like Differentiation in the Adrenal Cortex of Mice.”

Research from Mary Dinauer, Amy-Jo Casbon, Matthew E. Long, Kenneth W. Dunn, and Lee-Ann Allen was featured on the cover of the Journal of Leuk biology Oct 2012. Check out the cover here. Patrick Jay received the AHA’s National Established Investigator award. This is a prestigious, 5 year, $400,000 award. The title of AHA Grant is Maternal age: A modifiable risk factor for congenital heart disease.

Leading Research in Pediatric Disease

The process of development of an animal from an egg has been perhaps the greatest source of wonder in the history of science. Developmental biologists seek to learn how this remarkable series of events occur. For the principal investigators in the Developmental Biology and Genetics Research Unit, the answers to such questions are more than just a matter of curiosity but also a matter of life and death. Birth defects arising from errors in the developmental pathways of the embryo are a common and serious cause of childhood morbidity and mortality and each of our investigators is working hard to accrue new knowledge that will significantly influence our ability to improve the health of the developing human infant. Our questions include the most fundamental aspects of biology. Stem cells, gene therapy, artificial organs -- all this and more is here in the largest basic research unit in the Department of Pediatrics. Come explore and learn more about our efforts to understand the fundamental mysteries of life.