The Washington University NF Center hosted three outstanding students working on NF1-related research fellowships this summer. Their areas of study ranged from basic science to clinical studies.
Madelyn Reynolds worked with post-doctoral fellow, TJ Apicelli, MD, PhD to study the role of non-cancerous cells (microglia) in the brain. She employed mouse models to define the contribution of these important immune-like cells in the response to radiation therapy.
Joyce Ji is a second year medical student at the Washington University School of Medicine. Joyce worked with Dr. David H. Gutmann, MD, PhD and Robert C. McKinstry to develop measurement tools for examining optic gliomas in children with NF1.
Lauren Wessel is also a second year medical student at the Washington University School of Medicine. Lauren worked with Courtney Dunn, PT/DPT on studies focused on the relationship between low muscle tone and brain tumors in children with NF1. In addition, she examined the progression of developmental delays in children with NF1.
We congratulate these three excellent students on their accomplishments this summer.