Headshot portrait of Tess Rinaldo - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2017 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: undeclared
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: Theo Palmer, Neurosurgery

Mutations in genes implicated in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may be linked to changes in cortical thickness in ASD individuals. Tess’s project investigates cell proliferation in fetal mouse brains that have one of two different gene mutations. Studying the neurological effects of certain gene mutations in embryonic mice models may offer critical insight into potential ASD pathways and their neurological effects.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 24, 2017:

The Effects of the Heterozygous 16p11.2 Deletion on Cell Proliferation in the Embryonic Brain

Tess Rinaldo1, Brooke Babineau1, Aditi Narayan1, Michelle Kielhold1, Amy Moon1, Theo Palmer1
[Department of Neurosurgery1, Stanford University]