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Massi and Ryder labs awarded R01 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Date Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2020

Massi RyderThe Massi and Ryder labs were awarded a multiple PI R01 award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to study the activity of the C. elegans RNA binding proteins OMA-1/2 from structure to phenotype. OMA-1/2 initiate a cascade of events that is essential to the oocyte-to-embryo transition in C. elegans. Loss-of-function mutations in OMA-1/2 block oocyte maturation and prevent fertilization. The goal of this study is to understand how the molecular properties of OMA-1/2 determine their mRNA regulatory function. By understanding the mechanisms that regulate mRNAs during the oocyte-to-embryo transition this research will identify how this control is tied to the development of living cells and will ultimately provide insights into the molecular basis of congenital developmental diseases. 

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