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Summer Discovery Grant Recipient

Yee Voan Teo

Microbiology major, Yee Voan Teo was awarded the Undergraduate Summer Discovery Grant to pursue research in neurodegenerative disorders.  Junior standing, Yee Voan is spending the summer working in a research lab in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology headed by Dr. Maria Krasilnikova.

Her research project focuses on Friedreich's Ataxia (FRDA).  FRDA  is a neurodegenerative disorder that is predominantly caused by the expansion of the GAA repeat in the first intron of the frataxin gene. Yee Voan’s research project focuses on the study of the mechanism of the unscheduled replication at the GAA repeats. Through this study, she hopes to gain a better insight in the mechanism of the genomic instability in FRDA.

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Project Title:  Molecular Mechanism of Unscheduled Replication at Friedreich's Ataxia GAA Repeat