Biochemistry & Biophysics
I’ve always had a love for science, so coming to RPI was a natural step towards building my career and when I got the opportunity to apply for the Accelerated BS/PhD program, I knew it would be the right fit for me. It is exciting to think that through this program I will not only earn my PhD in 7 years, but I will also get the opportunity to work in different labs to discover which area of research interests me the most.
I am a rising Biochemistry and Biophysics Junior but have taken a particular interest in the genetics and molecular biology fields. My first rotation, starting in the spring of 2013, was in Dr. Swank’s lab where I did work involving the screening of myosin mutants in Drosophila. This involved extracting and amplifying the genomic DNA of the flies so later on, the kinetic properties of their muscle could be tested. I then moved on to Dr. Karande’s lab where I got the chance to learn about mammalian cell culture and how cells may be able to migrate through biomaterials, such as collagen. This can be applied to regeneration of nerve connections in damaged nervous tissue. I am doing my last rotation in Dr. Maxwell’s lab where I am looking at the effect of the deletion of specific genes involved in DNA damage repair in yeast cells. This may show which processes in the cell contribute to cell life span and aging. By the end of summer 2013 I will choose one of these three labs and continue my work through my graduate education.
Outside of classes and research I am a member of the RPI dance team where we perform different kinds of dance, such as jazz and hip-hop, at football and basketball games. We also perform at a recital at the end of each semester. In addition, I am a member of Colleges Against Cancer and the Relay For Life committee where in the fall we coordinate and plan cancer awareness events and in the spring we plan the Relay For Life event on campus that this past year raised close to $90,000 dollars.