The Magee Auxiliary Research Scholar (MARS) endowment has been established to provide a conduit for a researcher as she/he transitions to an independent investigator. Salary and research funding are provided for up to three years, thanks to the efforts of the Women’s Auxiliary of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and the Clothes Line.

The program is not accepting applications at this time.

Scholars & Alumni

Mellissa Mann, PhD (2015- )

Dr Mann’s research focuses on epigenetic mechanisms that control gene expression, specifically on genomic imprinting. Four main projects are directed towards understanding the regulation of genomic imprinting:Assisted Reproduction: Molecular and developmental effects of gamete and embryo manipulation on genomic imprinting; The Role of Kcnq1ot1 noncoding rna in imprinted gene regulation; Functional genomic screen for epigenetic modifiers of genomic imprinting; Identification and evolutionary comparison of imprinting centers. She is also investigating the epigenetics of fetal growth restriction.

Judith Yanowitz, PhD (2012-2015)

Research focus: Research in the Yanowitz lab focuses on understanding the underlying causes of chromosome missegregation during the formation of egg and sperm. Specific research interests include the role of chromatin factors in regulating chromosome behavior during the first meiotic division.