Beth Rousseau

Ph.D. Student
Mentor: Dr. David Turner

Areas of Interest

My primary research interests are in the areas of gene regulation and retinal development. More specifically, I am interested in understanding how gene regulation controls differentiation and cell fate determination in the developing mouse retina. We use multiple approaches, including cellular lineage tracing with Cre-Lox, detection of microRNAs with fluorescence in situ hybridization, visualizing protein expression with immunohistochemistry, gene knock-out or tagging with CRISPR/Cas9, and measuring changes in transcription profiles through RNA-seq in cell culture and mouse models. This work will help deepen our understanding of transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of retinal development, while taking advantage of the accessibility of retinal tissue for developing improved techniques for microRNA detection or gene editing with CRISPR/Cas9 in neurons.

Honors & Awards

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2018-present