Supported by a new $3 million grant, a University of Maryland genomicist is continuing a decadelong fight against a painful, disfiguring parasitic skin condition that has received scant attention from the global medical community because of who it infects—the world’s poorest people. The funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) allows Professor of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics Najib El-Sayed and partners in South America to use powerful...
“As a researcher, Kevin is highly motivated to take on complex problems,” Dinman said. “The project he’s working on will mark the first demonstration through which a disruption in a -1 programmed ribosomal frameshifting signal leads to the development of a specific human disease. In addition to his keen scientific insight and fierce devotion to research, he has demonstrated his versatility and innovative approach as an educator.”
Congratulations to Antony Jose whose paper was published today in Nature Communications. Antony’s recent study provides a potential tool for unraveling the mystery of how an animal’s lived experience can be passed down through generations.
While breeding nematode worms, Jose and his team found that some matings led to epigenetic changes in offspring that continued to be passed down through as many generations as the scientists continued to breed them. This discovery will enable scientists to