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UTD Biologist Wins $1.29-Million NIH Grant
Gene Research May Provide Insights Into Human Reproduction
RICHARDSON, Texas (June 19, 2003) - Dr. Jeff DeJong, associate professor of molecular and cell biology at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has won a five-year, $1.29-million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research into gene expression, which may provide insights into human reproduction and fertility.
DeJong will study how genes are packaged in the nucleus of cells and, in particular, how the packaging status changes as immature germ cells become mature cells.
A gene is a hereditary unit that determines a particular characteristic in an organism. Genes are pieces of Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, and most genes contain the information for making a specific protein.
DeJong's research also will:
"The work will focus on cells from reproductive tissues and is expected to give insights into important areas of human health related to reproduction and fertility," said DeJong.
Last month, DeJong won a three-year, $150,000 grant from the Welch Foundation of Houston to conduct research titled, "Biochemical Mechanisms of Germ-Line Gene Regulation."
DeJong holds a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from Pennsylvania
State University and a B.A. degree in Biology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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