18. August 2020

Human geneticist receives award for her research on facial malformations Human geneticist receives award for her research on facial malformations

For her important research contributions, Dr. Kerstin Ludwig of the Institute of Human Genetics receives the Marylou Buyse Excellence in Craniofacial Research Award of the international Society of Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology.

Dr. rer. nat. Kerstin Ludwig
Dr. rer. nat. Kerstin Ludwig - from the Institute for Human Genetics at the University of Bonn. © Photo: Andreas Stein

The head of an Emmy Noether junior research group at the University Hospital Bonn, funded by the German Research Foundation, is investigating the molecular basis of facial malformations. Clefts of the lip and palate are the most common. In most cases, genetic changes contribute to cleft occurrence, which together with environmental factors lead to deficient processes during embryonic development. In recent years, Dr. Ludwig has made significant contributions to the elucidation of the genetic causes of facial malformations and has generated one of the world's largest genetic data sets on this subject.

The award is accompanied by a lecture given by Dr. Ludwig at the virtual annual meeting of the Society on October 19 and 20, 2020.

Society for Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology: https://www.scgdb.org/home

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