ATHENS | UGA researchers win nearly $2M in grants | News
ATHENS, Ga. -- Two University of Georgia genetics researchers have won nearly $2 million in grants for projects that could help fight birth defects and improve the understanding of how news species come into existence.
Assistant genetics professors Douglas Menke and Kelly Dyer will receive funding from the National Science Foundation over five years as part of a program that supports research and teaching by outstanding junior faculty.
Menke plans to use his $788,000 award to study the mechanisms responsible for generating different limb lengths in Anolis lizards, which could aid in understanding how genetic mutations in humans can alter limb growth and result in congenital birth defects.
Dyer plans to use her $1.04 million award to investigate how new species form by studying the genetic basis of mating behaviors in Drosophila flies.