Clayton Friedman

Genetics of Cardiac Development Dr. Nathan Palpant
PhD Student at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland
Recipient of scholarship
Clayton Friedman earned a dual degree from the University of Washington with a B.Sc. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and a B.A. Russian Language, Literature, and Culture. Following undergraduate training in the lab of Dr. Charles Murry at UW, Clayton moved to Brisbane to assist Dr. Nathan Palpant in establishing an independent lab at UQ and in 2016 he began graduate studies in the Palpant lab.  

Clayton’s PhD research focuses on investigating the genetic regulators of heart development. In his recent work, he has led a study involving single cell analysis of cardiac differentiation from human pluripotent stem cells and has utilized this unique data resource to study strategies for modelling stem cell differentiation of heart muscle in a manner that more accurately matches heart development in the body. The broader objectives of his PhD are to understand how a specific regulatory gene, HOPX, governs cardiac biology in the context of development and disease.

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