Watt Snags First Prize for Poster

Trainor Lab Predoctoral Researcher Kristin Watt was awarded first prize for her scientific poster at the thirty-seventh annual meeting of the Society of Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology (SCGDB). The SCGDB is a professional society committed to advancing the knowledge, healthcare, and prevention of craniofacial disorders through education and research.

Watt’s poster, titled “Examination of the Roles of RNA Polymerase I Subunits During Craniofacial Development,” describes her research of genes involved in Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS), a condition involving malformation of the craniofacial bone structures characterized by numerous developmental anomalies such as small jaws, cleft palate, and middle and external ear defects.

“The role of RNA Pol I in embryo development and specifically craniofacial development was previously unknown,” explains Watt. “Our studies aid in understanding the function of Pol I so that in the future we can understand how to prevent some of the craniofacial anomalies associated with TCS.”