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Our lab seeks to identify the genetic etiologies of rare Mendelian disorders and further study the pathophysiology of these diseases.

Two main studies in the Webb lab include:

1) Genetic Studies of Congenital Anomalies.  Congenital anomalies or birth defects are a significant cause of pediatric morbidity and mortality. About 2 to 3% of infants worldwide are born with a birth defect. Birth defects may be caused by genetic and/or environmental factors. The purpose of this study is to better define the genetic etiologies of a wide variety of congenital anomalies.  Specific focuses of this project include the further study of congenital facial weakness and Moebius syndrome.

2) Integrative Approach to Study Mitochondrial Aminoacyl-tRNA Synthetase Disorders.  Mitochondrial aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (mt-ARSs) are essential for protein synthesis in the mitochondria and generation of oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system components. These proteins are nuclear-encoded and function to charge the mitochondrial tRNA molecules with their cognate amino acids.  Recently, pathogenic variants in multiple mt-ARSs have been identified and the associated conditions represent a new class of Mendelian disorders. Our lab identified one of these newly recognized mt-ARS disorders, an autosomal recessive syndrome presenting in infancy with features of developmental delay, sensorineural hearing loss, and growth failure caused by single nucleotide variants in MARS2 (methionyl-tRNA synthetase 2).  The aim of the current study is to better understand the pathophysiology/disease mechanism of all mt-ARS disorders in order to provide the groundwork to create better treatments for these conditions.


If you are a patient or family member interested in enrolling in our research studies, please email Dr. Webb at bryn.webb@mssm.edu .