Yale postdoc receives award for genetics research

Natalie Renee Powers, a postdoctoral associate of genetics at the Yale School of Medicine, is a recipient of the 2013 C.W. Cotterman Award given for outstanding genetics research papers published by graduate students.

Natalie Renee Powers

Powers’ research examines the molecular genetics of dyslexia. Working in the lab of Dr. Jeffrey Gruen, she and fellow graduate student John Eicher found multiple risk genes that working together affected language, reading, and cognitive abilities. 

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) annually awards two C.W. Cotterman Awards to articles published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. Recipient articles represent the most outstanding scientific contributions in the field of human genetics in the previous year by a pre- or post-doctoral trainee and ASHG member. 

Recipients are presented with a $1,000 check and a plaque.  

Powers received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from California State University-Fresno in 2005. She was awarded her Ph.D. in genetics at Yale in May 2013. 

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