As part of the 2019 Research Grants Program, the CdLS Foundation has awarded $24,447 to researchers studying various aspects of Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS). Chea, one of three researchers sharing the award, will present findings at the 2020 CdLS Scientific and Educational Symposia.

Stephenson Chea is a Graduate Researcher in the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, Dr. Anne L. Calof laboratory, University of California, Irvine, Center for Complex Biological Systems: Investigating Cell Fate Misallocation as a Source of Developmental Defects in Cornelia de Lange Syndrome.

This study will be using single-cell RNA sequencing to investigate whether similar disruptions in the allocations and fates of embryonic stem and progenitor cells are also responsible for defects in the brain and gastrointestinal system, two critical organ systems that often show abnormalities in CdLS