Dr. Yu (Kristy) Guo wins Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholar Fellowship

Dr. Yu (Kristy) Guo of the Zhao lab has been awarded the Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholar Fellowship. This fellowship supports post-doctorates in the neuroscience field and is highly competitive with seven or fewer individuals selected from across the nation each year. Guo was selected by Robert N. Golden, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health, to apply for the award. The dean can only pick one individual for the selection process, and Zhao and Neuroscience Chair Betsy Quinlan, Ph.D., recommended that Guo be that choice.

Receiving the award assists post-doctorates with advancement to become a full-time faculty member and promotes development of an independently funded laboratory. This fellowship reflects the exciting work Dr. Guo and the Zhao laboratory have completed.

Guo’s proposal has been titled, “Functional screening of genes duplicated in Copy Number Variants implicated in autism”. Her hope is that this work will provide a more comprehensive understanding of the gene regulatory network in autism and potentially identify new drug targets for ASD therapies.

Congratulations, Kristy!