As an undergraduate in college finishing up my last year, I hope to leave college with the assurance that I will leave with an invaluable set of skills that will make me a versatile and in-expendable worker in anything I do. Though working while being a full-time student can be challenging, I believe it has been a major component in development of my work ethic and has provided me skills that have benefited my schoolwork (time management, completion of tasks, concentration). I appreciate fast paced work and enjoy people interactions, understanding there is always the social aspect of any job.
Worked under my mentor and Post Doc Jason Fernandes in David Haussler's wet lab. We worked to understand the evolutionary battle between a large family of proteins known as KRAB Zincfinger proteins and how they behave when faced with possibly deleterious, retro-transposable elements. Because the Haussler Lab is interested in studying human evolution and discovering why humans are humans, we examined the role of these KRAB Zincfinger proteins in relation to primate specific retro-transposable elements, Line 1s. I did this by performing Luciferase Reporter Assays in various cell lines. I am passaging E14 mESC cells and HEK293 FT cells in which we used for transfection of our genes of interest.
Worked under Professor Jeremy Sanford understanding the role of alternative splicing events in human diseases, specifically Hemophilia B and Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy. My partner and I worked with 8 mutations in different exons known to be associated with the diseases. Our goal was to determine whether or not an alternative splicing event occurred causing an enhancement or silencing of the gene of interest. We did this withmethods such as PCR, DNA extraction from agarose gels, both DNA and RNA isolation, and transfection.
Research Mentoring Internship
UCSC Genomics Institute
In the summer of 2018, after receiving the position as an undergraduate researcher in the Haussler Lab, I received a fellowship from UCSC's Genomics Institute. It constituted that I spend a minimum of 20 hours per week for 5 days a week doing laboratory research working with my mentor, Jason Fernandes. Our focus was primarily on determining how transposable elements and KRAB Zincfinger proteins in our cells interact, and how they change as the primate species evolves.
Resumes, and other information uploaded or provided by the user, are considered User Content governed by our Terms & Conditions. As such, it is not owned by us, and it is the user who retains ownership over such content.
Companies Worked For:
Job Titles Held: