Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

Severe seizure events found to be common in Angelman patients

Severe seizure events known as status epilepticus are common in people with Angelman syndrome, especially during childhood, a new review study found. Researchers noted that status epilepticus often causes subtle symptoms that may be overlooked by caregivers and clinicians, highlighting the importance of correctly identifying and promptly treating these…

Variety of Vision Problems Common With Angelman Syndrome

A “wide spectrum” of vision impairments can be common in people with Angelman syndrome but may not be fully recognized, causing further difficulties in their cognitive and functional development, a study reported. Based on the findings, researchers recommend that children diagnosed with Angelman undergo routine vision assessments so that early…

Study Identifies Altered Brain Connectivity in Angelman Syndrome

People with Angelman syndrome have altered networks of brain connectivity, which may play a role in developing the behavioral abnormalities that mark the condition, according to a new study. The study, “Disrupted Topological Organization of White Matter Network in Angelman Syndrome,” was published in the Journal of Magnetic…

New UBE3A Missense Mutation in Angelman Child Described

A new mutation in the UBE3A gene associated with Angelman syndrome was described in a recent report and modeling studies suggest the modification interferes with the function of the UBE3A protein by decreasing its ability to interact with ubiquitin, another protein. The study, “Studying Disease-Associated UBE3A Missense…