When University of Delaware doctoral student Sandeep Aryal took the initiative to learn additional research techniques to study proteins present in the eye, his work resulted in the discovery of a new gene, known as Elav11, linked to the eye disorders of cataract and small or reduced eye tissue.
Now, that breakthrough has led to a new $1.6 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant awarded to the researcher who supervised Aryal’s work, Salil Lachke, Alumni Distinguished Early Career Professor of Biology and associate chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. The four-year grant will support the lab’s work as Lachke and his team continue to investigate the role of Elav11 and its partners in eye development.
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