BBI Facebook Twitter
BBI

News Story

Lisa Taneyhill to serve on International Gene Drive Study Panel

Lisa Taneyhill to serve on International Gene Drive Study Panel


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Dr. Lisa Taneyhill, an associate professor in the Department of Animal and Avian Sciencesat the University of Maryland, has been selected to serve on a committee convened by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to study the emerging field of gene drive research. Taneyhill is a part of UMD's Brain and Behavior Initiative. 

Taneyhill joins a panel of 15 leading scientists from around the world charged with assessing the potential benefits and risks associated with the recent development of genetic editing tools, such as the CRISPR system, that make it easier for researchers to alter an organism’s DNA in a lab. 

“I am truly honored to have been selected by the National Academy,” said Dr. Taneyhill, “and I look forward to working with my colleagues on this important committee assignment.”

Taneyhill and other committee members will take a look at current regulations and discuss the need for further oversight tied to this technology. Specifically, the panel will consider the potential ramifications of releasing genetically modified non-human organisms into the wild in the United States and in developing countries.

A developmental biologist, Taneyhill uses the chicken embryo as a model for exploring the molecular basis of neural crest cell development in the formation of the vertebrate embryo. Her laboratory employs advanced molecular, cellular and biochemical techniques to understand how neural crest cells form, migrate, differentiate, and associate with other cell types to generate a variety of different tissues, including the peripheral nervous system, craniofacial skeleton, and portions of the heart. 

A report on the committee’s gene drive study is expected to be delivered by the end of April 2016, with its publication and dissemination to occur sometime between May and July 2016. 

Related Articles:
Lisa Taneyhill to study cell "glue" important in disease

September 11, 2015


Prev   Next

Current Headlines

BBI FY17 Seed Grant Winners Announced

Directors' Welcome to the BBI

UMD Takes Second Place in NASA RASC-AL Competition

Prof. Robert Newcomb to Lead FIRE Research Stream on Neural Systems and Neurotechnologies

Jonathan Fritz promoted to Research Scientist

Ghodssi, Bentley receive NSF EAGER grant to develop ingestible capsules for medical diagnosis

Fritz, Shamma are collaborators on new DARPA Targeted Neuroplasticity Training Program

Simon is co-editor of new Springer auditory research book

News Resources

Return to Newsroom

Search News

Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar