Speaker Explores the Basis of Neurological Disorders

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Jennifer E. Round

Jennifer E. Round

Biologist Jennifer E. Round will share her research into how cellular defects contribute to brain disorders such as Tourette syndrome and schizophrenia when she visits Washington College on Friday, March 20. Her talk will take place at 2:00 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, on the College campus, 300 Washington Avenue.  Sponsored by the John Toll Science and Mathematics Program, the William James Forum, and the Washington College chapter of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, the event is free and open to the public.

“Advances in genomics have allowed us to link specific genes to many common neurodevelopmental disorders, but the cellular defects that lead to these conditions are still poorly understood,” Round says of her area of research. “My lab investigates a gene family that has been linked to multiple brain disorders. We use zebrafish as a convenient model to explore the roles of these genes in neuron growth, synapse formation, and cell survival during development. As we gain new knowledge of the basic biology of nervous system wiring, we can enhance our understanding of the cellular basis of neurological disease.”

Round is an assistant professor of biology and neuroscience at Ursinus College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from Yale University.

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