Alumna Wins the Lotus Award

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Professor Rachelle Crosbie-Watson (Ph.D. 1994, Reisler Group) received the 2014 Lotus Award from Coalition Duchenne for her outstanding contributions to Duchenne muscular dystrophy education, research, and awareness.

The award included a $10,000 grant payable to the Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at UCLA for Prof. Crosbie-Watson’s education initiatives. The award ceremony was part of the Coalition Duchenne Annual Gala held at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin, California on November 14th, 2014.

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Rachelle Crosbie-Watson (Courtesy: UCLA Newsroom)

In 1994, Crosbie-Watson completed her Ph.D. research in the laboratory of Professor and Dean Emeritus Emil Reisler, at the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Her dissertation project focused on investigating the structural alterations in skeletal muscle actin filaments that affect actomyosin ATPase activity and in vitro motility. She is currently a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology at UCLA with a joint appointment in the Department of Neurology.