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AAA Fellows Angela and Monkol Lek continue positive impact on rare disease research

Thursday, June 18, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melanie Chiew
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Angela and Monkol Lek are recipients of the American Australian Association’s Education Fellowships for their research on muscular dystrophy in Boston. Monkol received the Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship in 2012 for his work at the Massachusetts General Hospital on the genetic causes of muscular dystrophy. Angela was awarded the Merck Company Foundation Fellowship in 2014 for her post-doctoral research at the Harvard Medical School on translational research of muscular dystrophy. They share how the Association’s Fellowship award has helped further their research.

“We are especially grateful to the Association for providing us with the means to relocate to Boston, where an environment for scientific discovery and progress in medical research thrives. Here we are exposed to cutting-edge genome interpretation and editing technologies that have allowed us to explore novel ways of understanding and modeling genetic diseases. We are excited to be given this opportunity to make a difference under the mentorship of some of the greatest minds in our field. This fellowship has brought us one step closer to our ultimate goal of alleviating the suffering associated with childhood genetic diseases such as muscular dystrophy.”

The couple continue to work on numerous projects with significant outcomes for their area of research focus, childhood genetic diseases. Currently, Monkol is the lead analyst in a project featuring the largest collection of human protein coding variation that has made a dramatic impact on rare disease research.

A brief summary of the impact of Angela and her colleagues' work is featured in the in the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon's national broadcast.

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