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Accelerated B.S./Ph.D. Program: Current Students
Chris Newhard
Biochemistry & Biophysics

Upon starting at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, I was amazed at all the opportunities presented before me. From academics to organizations to social life, the prospects were overwhelming. I remember in particular, however, staring at the beautiful Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Sciences (aka Biotech). In this building was cutting edge research, and I hoped that I would be able to work in there by the time I was a senior. As fortune would have it, I was able to do so much sooner. Accepted into the Accelerated BS/PhD program, I began research in Biotech in my fourth semester. I went through four excellent rotations. Working in different fields of biology, I gained experience with working in different group cultures, and different research approaches.

I ultimately settled with Swank Lab, where I now conduct muscle physiology studies using Drosophila melanogaster. Muscles in a fruit fly? Yes, even though they're small, intact muscle fibers can be dissected from the fly and have its various properties studied. In the past I have worked on a specific mutation strain that models a human cardiomyopathy. I also recently developed a new protocol for photographing the flies during tethered flight.

My current project involves investigating the converter domain of myosin, the motor protein of muscle. I was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation to fund my research efforts.

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Curt M. Breneman

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Dean of Science (Acting)
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For speaking/appointment requests, please contact Bonnie Carson carsob@rpi.edu
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David L. Spooner
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Associate Dean of Science for Academic Affairs
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Wilfredo Colón
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Associate Dean of Science for Graduate Education
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