Towards the end of my Sophomore year, I decided that I wished to pursue graduate school in the biomedical sciences so I began the process of talking with research professors about their research interests, ongoing projects and availability.
The main focus of my research has been characterizing the
gene ZFP593 in the muscle atrophy cascade pathway and thus far we have
determined that the gene is likely a transcription factor due to its zinc
finger domain and localization to the cell’s nucleus. We have also determined
that it expresses early during the proliferation stages of the cell and it has
a self-regulatory 3’ UTR that dampens transcription. Additionally, the
differential expression of the gene appears to be responsive to mutations on
its ebox elements, a regulatory element for muscle atrophy factors.
For the presentations below I presented my research on the
characterization of ZFP593
SOARS 2017 Spring, Experimental Biology Conference 2017 in
spring, Spring Honors reception Dinner.
Being a Hicks Research Fellow pushed me to present at
conferences and complete my projects in a timely manner while also providing
the financials for attending these conferences and providing general lab
Participation in the Hicks Honors College has meant a lot to
me especially the community aspect that is deeply embedded in the college. By
partaking of the honors community I broadened my viewpoint within the research
field and gained first-hand experience collaborating with others. Additionally,
partaking in the honors community pushed me to undertake research earlier
rather than later which will make the difference in having a publication by the
end of my undergraduate career.
I would advise students, as many have advised me, to
undertake research early or at least begin talking with professors about their
research to get an idea of what research is and what it could do for you.
I intend to undertake a PhD in the biomedical sciences with
a concentration of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In so doing I intend to
develop novel systems for delivering drugs and assessing potential therapeutic
targets in a variety of diseases ranging from autoimmune disorders,
regenerative health, and cancer as a part of my graduate experience and beyond.
My hope is to end up in a lead research position at a company such as Mayo
Clinic that provides me with the financial support to spear head projects with
the appropriate supplies and infrastructure.