Research /

The Yash Gandhi Foundation has awarded a total of $264,000 in research grants.

Funding from the Yash Gandhi Foundation has given my laboratory a valuable opportunity to initiate new research on mucolipidosis II (I-cell disease) in hopes of finding treatments for this devastating lysosomal disorder. - Dr. Richard Steet, UGA - Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Dr. Stuart Kornfeld at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.

About Dr. Kornfeld: Dr.Stuart Kornfeld,MD, is a Professor of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. In the early 1980s he discovered the mechanism whereby the Mannose 6-phosphate recognition marker is added to newly synthesized lysosomal acid hydrolases and showed that mutations in the enzyme that mediates the first step in this pathway are the cause of Mucolipidosis II/III. Since then he has studied many aspects of the Mannose 6-phosphate trafficking pathway. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has received many awards for his research contributions.

Dr. Richard Steet at The University of Georgia, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, Athens, GA.

About Dr. Steet: Dr. Richard Steet, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a member of the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at the University of Georgia. His laboratory primarily studies the pathogenesis of lysosomal diseases such ML-II using zebrafish models. Dr. Steet maintains an active collaboration with Dr. Kornfeld to study aspects of the mannose 6-phosphate trafficking pathway using the zebrafish system.

Dr. Sara Cathey at Greenwood Genetic Center, Greenwood, SC.

About Dr. Cathey: Dr. Cathey is a clinical geneticist certified by both the American Board of Medical Genetics (2007) and the American Board of Pediatrics (2000) and is a fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and the American Academy of Pediatrics.Her special areas of interest include birth defects, intellectual disabilities, and lysosomal diseases. Dr. Cathey has numerous publications in lysosomal storage disorders.