News Article 647 Melissa Harrison Receives March of Dimes Award 27 March 2014

March 27, 2014

Melissa Harrison, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Biomolecular Chemistry, was awarded a Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award funded by the March of Dimes. The award, totaling $150,000 over two years, will fund Harrison's research exploring the role of the Grainyhead transcription factor family in epithelial barrier formation and neural tube closure. By studying this highly conserved protein family in the powerful model system Drosophila, Harrison's research will provide mechanistic insight into the function of Grainyhead during development and may suggest possible ways to treat or screen for neural tube defects.