LSUHSC STUDENT AWARDED TOP NATIONAL ANATOMY HONOR
New Orleans, LA – Jeffrey White, an MD/PhD student in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, was awarded the Langman Award by the American Association of Anatomists for his presentation entitled "Wilms Tumor 1 (WT1) and Foxc2 are required for podocyte development in Xenopus" at the recent Experimental Biology Meeting in New Orleans. This award is granted each year for the best paper presented by a graduate student. White and his mentor, Oliver Wessely, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, are studying the development of podocytes, a cell type responsible for the formation of the blood-filtering component of the kidney.
In his work, White demonstrated that two genes, WT1 and Foxc2, are key components of podocyte development. In the absence of these two genes, podocytes do not form and kidney function is severely impaired. The goal of this research team is to understand the genetic control of podocyte development.
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