New study sheds light on how genetic variation in motile cilia affects cilia structure and function

Defects in motile cilia in humans cause the rare disease Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD), affecting approximately 1 in every 10,000 to 30,000 people. People who have PCD are characterized by recurrent respiratory infections, left-right asymmetry defects, ear infections, and infertility. Even with genome and exome sequencing, 30% of the patients still don’t have a gene […]

Dr. Ting Wang inducted as an AIMBE fellow (Links to an external site)

Election to AIMBE’s College of Fellows is limited to the top 2% of medical and biological engineers in these fields. Those elected are considered to have made outstanding contributions to engineering and medicine research, practice or education. Congratulations to Dr. Ting Wang for being inducted as an AIMBE fellow.

Congratulations to Caitlin Dingwall for winning the O’Leary Prize

Each year the O’Leary Competition acknowledges the most original and important accomplishments in Neuroscience research at WashU by a predoctoral student or postdoctoral fellow. This year, Caitlin Dingwall, an MD/PhD student in the Milbrandt Lab won the prize along with Yun Chen, a graduate student in the Holtzman Lab!

Video: PhD Students Talk about New Research on Transposable Elements and Cancer

In the new paper published in Nature Reviews, “Towards targeting transposable elements for cancer therapy”, graduate students Xuan Qu and Yonghao Liang (Holden) summarized the latest research developments in the field. In this video, they talk about their research focus in Dr. Ting Wang’s lab.

Using Interpretable Deep Learning Tools to Decipher Gene Regulation

In this paper, recently published in PLOS Computational Biology, Dr. Michael White, Associate Professor of Genetics and colleagues used a new AI learning package to model data generated with synthetic regulatory DNA elements to further the understanding of regulatory DNA. 

The Schedl Lab Receives R35 Grant

The Schedl Lab led by Dr. Tim Schedl recently received NIGMS R35 grant. The grant provides funding for studying “control of germline stem cells and the switch to meiotic development in C. elegans” for 5 years.

Bioinformatics Pioneer Dr. Gary Stormo Retires

After 24 years of professorship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Dr. Gary Stormo, the Joseph Erlanger Professor of Genetics, retires at the age of 73.