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Jessica Bertol, MSc, PhD

Dr. Jessica Bertol , MSc, PhD
  • Title: Research Assistant II
  • Office: BBS-4202
  • Phone: 713-486-2732
  • Email: Jessica.Bertol@uth.tmc.edu
  • Department/Administrative Area: Research
  • Education:

    PhD, Genetics and Molecular Biology | State University of Campinas, Brazil
    MSc, Biotechnology | Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
    BS, Biology | State University of Maringa, Brazil

Dr. Bertol's main areas of expertise are genetics and molecular biology. As a research assistant at UTHealth, she works to identify genetic factors that cause or increase the risk of craniofacial disorders, including cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis and micrognathia.

Her research involves the genetic interaction between Irf6 and Twist1 genes that have a critical role in regulating the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) process that occurs during embryogenesis and metastatic cancer. To evaluate this interaction, she and fellow researchers apply mouse models and organ cultures to investigate the role of these genes in the different steps of EMT. In addition, she is exploring the importance of TWIST1 specific phospho-sites for the EMT occurrence during craniofacial development.