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 maintenance supplies.
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.