Date of Award

Spring 2007

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)




College of Science

First Advisor

Michael Pierce


Monilethrix is a rare genetic hair disease that has no cure. It affects the hair shafts on the head, face, and sometimes entire body. It occurs two to three months after birth, and the appearance results in short "beaded" hairs equally spaced out mostly at the back of the skull. By researching monilethrix and treatments that have been attempted, a comprehensive study will make learning about this disease easier. In an attempt to choose a method of therapy, a collection of case studies and treatment options may save time and money for someone in need of symptom elimination or control. Finding permanent treatment could change the lives of many people in the world suffering from monilethrix.