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About Maura McGrail

Dr. McGrail, Associate Professor, received her BS in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Minnesota. Her previous positions include postdoctoral work at the University of California-San Diego, Myriad Genetics in Salt Lake City, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. The focus of her research is to investigate the genetic pathways that contribute to brain tumor onset and progression using the zebrafish model system. Identifying genetic drivers that advance cancer progression will aid in developing new therapies to treat malignant disease. Gene editing and somatic mutagenesis with CRISPR/Cas9, TALENs, and Sleeping Beauty transposons are being used to identify genes that cooperate with the pRB and tp53 tumor suppressors in brain tumor pathogenesis.


Present Assistant Professor, Iowa State University Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
Present Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

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638 Science II
2310 Pammel Dr
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-4445
Fax: 515-294-8457


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