Melissa Harrison Awarded $250,000 from Vallee Foundation
Melissa Harrison, PhD, assistant professor of biomolecular chemistry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Bert L and N Kuggie Vallee Foundation.
Harrison is one of four recipients of the foundation's 2016 Young Investigator Awards, which are given to early-career biomedical researchers who are engaged in innovative and pioneering work.
Harrison's research focuses on understanding the fundamental molecular mechanisms by which the embryonic genome is rapidly remodeled to create the pluripotent state.
She will use cutting-edge genomics and imaging strategies to define the changes in chromatin accessibility as the embryo transitions through the maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT) and elucidate the molecular mechanisms that enable these dramatic changes in genome architecture.
Date Published: 08/12/2016