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Vicky L. Funanage

Department of Biomedical Research, Nemours, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children
1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
(302) 651-6779

Research Interests

Ongoing research conducted in Dr. Funanage's laboratory (Musculoskeletal Inherited Disease Laboratory [MID]) involves projects designed to provide benefit to children afflicted with neuromuscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, and myotonic dystrophy. In addition, Dr. Funanage is involved in a number of collaborative efforts including the study of leptin, an important hormone that regulates energy metabolism and utilization and its importance in fetal and neonatal growth and development; and investigation of the genetic and biochemical basis of hypoplastic left heart syndrome.


  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19711
    Dissertation: Mutants of Chinese hamster ovary cells resistant to 5, 6-dichloro-1-β-D-ribofuranosylbenzimidazole; Advisor, Dr. Arnold M. Clark, 1981
  • M.S., Genetics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 Thesis: Mutant of Salmonella typhimurium with altered activity or regulation of glutamine synthetase; Advisor, Dr. Jean E. Brenchley, 1977
  • B.S., Biology, with Distinction, The Pennsylvania University, 1975

Honors & Awards

  • National Honor Society
  • Phi Sigma Biological Honor Society
  • Invited participant, High School Program, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology, St. Louis, MO, November 17, 1987
  • Employee of the Month, July 1998, A.I. duPont Hospital for Children
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Biological Sciences, University of Delaware, May 2005

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