Three undergraduate students at UT are researching Rett syndrome, a progressive neurological disorder that afflicts one in 10,000 females. They want to raise awareness about the disorder and hope their discoveries translate into improved care for patients.
Izabella Nill Gomez, Taryn Lester, and Ashlee Tannehill are working in the lab of Keerthi Krishnan, assistant professor of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology.
They are among more than 1,400 UT undergraduates involved in research. Between 2015 and 2016 the number of UT undergraduates doing research more than doubled and the number of faculty mentors increased 87 percent.
Rett syndrome is an autism-associated disorder that primarily affects girls and women. It is not inherited but results from a random, spontaneous gene mutation. It leads to several impairments that impact nearly every aspect of life, including the ability to speak, walk, eat, and breathe easily.
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