Clarifying the Role of the MeCP2 Gene in the Timing of Symptom Progression in Rett Syndrome

Rett Syndrome is caused by a mutation on the X chromosome at MeCP2. Girls with Rett Syndrome share many features of autism, including delayed or lack of language development, impaired fine motor skills, repetitive behaviors and cognitive disability. MeCP2 activity is also regulated by environmental factors and has been implicated in autism when a genetic cause has not been identified. This fellow will look closely at changes in MeCP2 binding and how it regulates gene expression by isolating different types of neurons at different ages to determine which are critical in the progression of symptoms. The fellow will also employ a sophisticated analysis of machine learning techniques to integrate the data to predict how MeCP2 activity regulates different neuron types at different points in development. This will allow scientists to move closer to providing patients with targeted approaches to interventions.


Viktoria Haghani

Janine LaSalle