Grant to support biomedical research conducted by IU Northwest faculty, undergraduate students
Indiana University Northwest was recently awarded over $409,000 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The principal investigator, Ming Gao, IU Northwest Associate Professor of Biology, will research “determining the role of me31B protein in germ cell development.”
Through the multi-year research project, Gao, alongside undergraduate students, will study the in vivo working mechanism of a me31B/DDX6 family protein, an evolutionarily conserved RNA helicase important for the development of germ cells and certain soma in diverse animal species, including humans.
“In humans, mutations in this protein can cause intellectual disabilities, anomalies in reproduction system organs and many other developmental delays and defects,” Gao said. “Knowledge gained from this research will provide a better understanding of how these family proteins contribute to human growth and shed light on potential treatments for human disorders related to this gene mutation.”