UMD Professor Receives $1.2 Million from the National Science Foundation to Study the Movement of Developmental Cells and Train Future Women in Science

Research has possible applications for cancer treatment, fibrosis, and developmental birth defects

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May 28, 2020 Samantha Watters

According to Lisa Taneyhill, professor in the Department of Animal & Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland, how cells not only move around the body to perform their various functions, but particularly how they go from being stationary to suddenly mobile (or motile), is an “age old question” in developmental biology. With her latest grant for $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Taneyhill is helping to tackle this question specifically in a cell type that gives rise to parts of our head, heart, gut, nervous system, and even skin pigment - the neural crest cell.

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