Julia Wang

Developmental Biology

Baylor College of Medicine

Julia Wang
MD-PhD Candidate

I am interested in combining patient genomic data with Drosophila genetics to understand fundamental biological processes.

The etiology of rare diseases is often unknown. Although sequencing data from these patients yield candidate genes, we often lack functional validation. Drosophila and its powerful genetic tools can efficiently validate the disease-causing genetic variants and allow us to pursue the underlying mechanisms of disease.

My project involves taking novel candidate disease causing genes from patients and determining pathogenic variants in Drosophila. Furthermore, because many of these candidates lack functional annotation, I hope to dissect their roles in basic biological mechanisms.


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1Program in Developmental Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, 2Medical Scientist Training Program, Baylor College of Medicine, 3Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, 4Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, Texas Children's Hospital, 5Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, 6Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine, 7Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Baylor College of Medicine

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