PROJECT TITLE: Non-canonical roles of DNA damage signaling proteins in photoreceptor neuron morphogenesis and degeneration.
- Rodrigo Martins, PhD
- Associate Professor, Institute of Biomedical Sciences
- Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- $52,250 for one year
Dr. Martins earned his degree in biological sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He also holds an MSc in Biophysics and a Doctor of Science, both from UFRJ. His postdoctoral training in Developmental Biology and Tumorigenesis was received at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His main scientific interests are molecular mechanisms of cell cycle control and DNA damage signaling during central nervous system (CNS) development and degeneration.
Dr. Martins IRRF-support research will involve using a novel animal model to describe the molecular basis of cilia-based pathology observed in neuronal cells leading to retinal degeneration.