Genetics Program Graduate Students

Weihbrecht, Katie A

Hometown: 
Green Bay, WI
Education: 
BS, Biology - Univ of Evansville 2010
Department(s): 
Pediatrics

Research Focus

While more than 150 genes have been identified as involved in retinal diseases, the function of many has not yet been determined. The goal of this project is to determine the molecular function of ciliopathy-related, uncharacterized genes by determining their interacting partners. Current genes include Leber congenital amaurosis 5 (LCA5), retinal degeneration 3 (RD3; also known as LCA12), serologically defined colon cancer antigen 8 (SDCCAG8), and Usher Syndrome type-1G (Ush1g). Identifying interacting partners helps determine the molecular function of these genes and how they may lead to retinal degeneration.