International recognition given to poultry prof
An international leader in the study of the
extracellular matrix in poultry and in muscle development has received the 2008
Embrex Fundamental Science Award from the 3,500-member Poultry Science
Ohio State University scientist Sandra G. Velleman received the award,
which recognises outstanding achievement in a basic discipline, such as
genetics, genomics, or molecular, cellular or developmental biology.
year the award is given to a PSA member who has made sustained, high-quality
contributions to fundamental science that advances the field of poultry
Velleman studied the molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating muscle
growth in chickens and turkeys with an emphasis on extracellular matrix gene
expression. The extracellular matrix, connective tissues and fibres located
outside of and around cells, gives cells structural support and regulates cell
gene expression critical in maintaining tissue function.
Velleman has investigated the regulation of muscle growth and structure by
the differential expression of extracellular matrix genes; the cellular
mechanisms by which extracellular matrix genes involved in growth factor
signaling affect skeletal-muscle growth; the role of the extracellular matrix in
meat tenderness; and the effect of genetic selection of poultry for increased
growth rate on muscle formation.
She has written 86 full-length peer-reviewed scientific publications; has
received grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the USDA and the
poultry industry; and received the National Turkey Federation Research Award in
2006 and the PSA Research Award in 1998.
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