Program: Developmental, Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology
Current advisor: Li Ding, PhD
Undergraduate university: Duke University, 2017
Enrollment year: 2017
Molecular mechanism of Huntington’s Disease (HD) using patient-derived neurons as a model system
I study the molecular mechanism of Huntington’s Disease (HD) using patient-derived neurons as a model system. I am interested in why some HD patients have a much earlier onset of the disease relative to other patients with similar HD mutations. My hypothesis is that individual’s genetic makeup is affecting the age of onset of HD. Using patient-derived neurons I study the roles of candidate genes in the onset of HD and how turning off these genes can prevent the progression of HD.