Margaret Ho, PhD

2020 K99/R00 Awardee
Photo of Margaret Ho, 2020 K99/R00 Awardee
Johns Hopkins University
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Margaret Ho is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr. Mark Wu at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She first got her start in research studying the cis-regulation of Drosophila Hox genes with Dr. Robert Drewell as an undergraduate at Harvey Mudd College. During her PhD, she adapted and applied tools to discover functional regulatory elements in the C. elegans genome with Dr. Paul Sternberg at the California Institute of Technology. After moving to Johns Hopkins, she has studied neural circuits for homeostatic sleep regulation in Drosophila and developed genetic tools for targeting neural circuits in the fly. Combining approaches in functional genomics with her current research studying sleep neural circuits, her BRAIN Initiative K99-funded research project will study the genetic mechanisms specifying the functional diversity of astrocytes and their roles in regulating sleep behavior.

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