Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Reet Mishra

Assessing GAA mutation predictions from the CAGI Challenge

Pompe disease is a lysosomal disorder caused by deficient activity of the GAA enzyme due to mutations in the GAA gene. This can be fatal to patients with infantile onset and cause patients of other onsets to develop muscular dystrophy and respiratory dysfunction. However, early detection can immensely help treatment of patients! Thus, our lab has been working on assessing the predictions derived by the participants in the Critical Assessment of Genome Interpretation Challenge (CAGI 5) – a global experiment that evaluates the phenotypes that result from genetic variation. Through URAP, this past year I’ve been working on conducting bioinformatics research to compare the CAGI predictions with predictor algorithms in the dbNSFP database. This summer, I will be working towards creating a phenotype-genotype matrix, or a diagnostic tool, to map enzyme activity and predictions from algorithms to clinical data (i.e to determine how pathogenic a mutation is) in order to help clinical practice and improve the understanding of the disease.

Message To Sponsor

I’m immensely grateful to my sponsors for providing me with the opportunity to continue my research this summer! I've gotten the amazing opportunity to continue exploring and developing my skills as a scientist to pursue research in the future, as well as, gaining deeper insight into the fields of genomics, computer science, and disease pathology. Thank you so much for your support!
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Major: Bioengineering
Mentor: Steven Brenner and Constantina Bakolitsa, Plant & Microbial Biology
Sponsor: Kay and Shaw Fund
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