UNC postdoctoral scientist awarded Angelman syndrome research fellowship

UNC Postdoctoral scientist, Ian King, PhD, has been named the first recipient of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF) Joseph E. Wagstaff Postdoctoral Fellowship. The 2-year award is for studies in preclinical, translational and clinical research areas that investigate all aspects of Angelman syndrome.

UNC postdoctoral scientist awarded Angelman syndrome research fellowship click to enlarge Mark Zylka, PhD and Ian King, PhD


Angelman Syndrome  is a neuro-genetic disorder that occurs in 1 in 15,000 live births. Characteristics of AS include severe mental retardation, developmental delay, lack of speech, seizures, and walking and balance disorders. It is caused by a mutated gene, Ube3a.

According to the ASF, the competitive award is aimed at promoting Angelman AS-related research in a young investigator; supporting novel or innovative research initiatives; and encouraging existing AS-related research projects. Funding is $55,000 for each of the two years, for a total of $110,000.

King works in the laboratory of Mark Zylka, PhD, assistant professor of cell and molecular physiology and a member of the UNC Neuroscience Center.  “With this fellowship support, Ian can continue and accelerate his groundbreaking research on a new small molecule that potently regulates expression of Ube3a in neurons."

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