Nancy Bonini, Ph.D., whose research has the potential of leading to cures for Huntingtons, Parkinsons, Alzheimers and other neurodegenerative diseases, is looking for suppressor genes in fruit flies that slow or stop the advance of these kinds of diseases.
The money, said Bonini, an asssistant professor of biology, will speed the work. We cant be fast enough, she said.
Gregory D. Van Duyne, Ph.D., is exploring how the enzyme Cre recombinase allows viruses to integrate their genomes into their hosts, information that would be helpful in creating transgenic animals used, for example, in exploring the role of genes in diseases. Its a tool in arranging DNA molecules, said Van Duyne, a professor of biochemistry and biophysics.
Originally published on June 1, 2000