URAP

Rachel Li

Identifying Genetic Modifiers in for Cataracts in Mouse Models

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide and is one of the most common conditions for those over the age of 60. For this project, we aim to identify genetic modifiers that cause nuclear cataract formation in mice. We are also trying to understand the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for cataracts in hope of developing ways to treat it.

Message to Sponsor

Since cataracts can impact the quality of life, being able to work on this project contributed to taking steps toward to treating and preventing this condition for millions of people. Thank you for your support.
  • Major: Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Mentor: Xiaohua Gong, Optometry