RI-MUHC researcher has shed light on genes responsible for human craniofacial syndromes and placental biology

Loydie Jerome-Majewska, PhD, has been selected to receive the Anne McLaren Award for Outstanding Women in Developmental Biology by the International Society for Differentiation (ISD). As the 2023 recipient of this award, she will give the Anne McLaren Lecture on disease models at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology (DevBio) this summer in Chicago, Illinois.

A scientist in the Child Health and Human Development Program at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University, Jerome-Majewska will receive the award in recognition of her pioneering studies of genes responsible for human craniofacial syndromes and placental biology. Members of the ISD Executive Leadership noted that she embodies the spirit of Dr. McLaren’s pioneering research in developmental biology, training, and supportive mentorship.

Jerome-Majewska’s scientific curiosity has always been drawn to the epic journey from a single cell to a complex embryo. The major focus of her research program is to understand the underlying basis for malformations found in newborn babies. Recent work in her laboratory aims to identify the contributions of abnormal splicing to a group of disorders known as spliceosomopathies. Jerome-Majewska’s group have generated several mouse models of these disorders and hope to identify commonalities that will one day help in identifying interventions for these severe disorders.

“Dr. McLaren was a trailblazer recognized for her role in establishing the mouse as a model system for studying early development. She was also well recognized for her role in mentoring and supporting women in science,” says Jerome-Majewska. “I see this award not only as a recognition of my work and advocacy by the developmental biology community, but also as encouragement for the work that our group is pursuing and the hard work of the wonderful scientists that I’ve had the pleasure to collaborate with and train.”