Project Title

Extension of the understanding of the role mitochondrial dysfunction plays in the pathology associated with MED13L syndrome mutations



Dr. Randy Strich received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Microbiology. Following his postdoctoral studies at the University of Chicago, he accepted a position at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. From there he moved to Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine where he is currently a Professor in the department of Molecular Biology.

Alicia Campbell is currently a 4th-year PhD candidate in the Molecular Cell Biology and Neuroscience program at Rowan Virtua School of Translational Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. She holds an undergraduate degree from Penn State University in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her research is dedicated to unraveling the molecular mechanisms and mitochondrial dysfunction associated with MED13L Syndrome, with a particular focus on mitochondrial dynamic shifts and their impact on skeletal muscle differentiation and development.

This focus has led her to specifically work on 12 skin biopsies taken in October 2022. Alicia has shared her findings on MED13L at the Keystone Symposia in Breckenridge, CO, last March, where she discussed “Mitochondrial Dysfunction: From Ultra-Rare Diseases to Aging,” and her exceptional research was recognized when she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research this past fall. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, she now resides in Ocean City, NJ, enduring a long commute to her workplace, which she jokingly notes as ‘sad.’ Aside from her academic pursuits, Alicia is a passionate cat enthusiast.