Your generous donations are supporting inspiring and promising researchers who are committing their careers to finding a cure for Batten disease. Mark Schultz is one such researcher who recently graduated with a Ph.D. with the help of BBDF funding in partnership with Batten Disease Support and Research Association (BDSRA). Mark has and will continue to devote his career to finding a cure for Batten disease. Read Mark’s story below.
My first exposure to juvenile Batten disease occurred during an undergraduate neurobiology course at Wartburg College when I was assigned to write a paper discussing the current status of juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (JNCL, juvenile Batten disease) research. I recognized that there were a lot of unanswered questions on the basic function and location of juvenile Batten disease protein, CLN3, preventing the development of effective therapy. One year later, while applying to graduate schools in medical research, I recognized the name of prominent JNCL researcher, Beverly Davidson, Ph.D. My interest in JNCL was high. I sought out a position in Dr. Davidson’s laboratory at the University of Iowa and began my graduate career as a JNCL researcher.