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Jacob O

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Cornell University


Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Bioethics


I am a graduate student at Cornell University working toward a PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology. My current research involves examining the importance of a nuclear envelope protein on the evolution of multicellular life. Before coming to Cornell, I graduated from Binghamton University with a B.S. in Biology with a specialization in Cell and Molecular Biology. Before that, I spent two years at Dutchess Community College, so I have a lot of experiencing navigating schools ranging from small local schools to the ivy league!

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Review of Gene Editing Technologies and Ethical Considerations

In this project, the student would learn the basic principles behind gene editing using CRISPR and what ethical concerns have been raised regarding genome editing. The benefits and limitations of the technology would be discussed, and an educated opinion would be formed on whether or not society should allow germ-line editing to occur. The project would culminate in either a research style report or a short series of podcasts describing the issue and how the student feels about the ethical concerns. The project could also encompass other ethical concerns more distantly related to gene editing, such as GMOs, stem cell research, or research on embryos.

Evolution of Eukaryotes - Plants, Animals, Fungi and more!

If you have ever wondered about evolution and how so many diverse life forms could have originated from a common ancestor, then this is the project for you! The last eukaryotic common ancestor lived billions of years ago and it is from this primitive organism that all of the macroscopic life we see around us is descended from. In this project, you will learn about the different characteristics that this ancestor must have possessed, and learn about different scientific models that explain how this evolution occurred. The limitations of these models will be discussed, as well as current research that is ongoing in this field. The project would culminate in either a research review style report or a short series of podcasts describing this topic and how it is relevant to modern understanding of biology.

Teaching experience

I have previously worked as a tutor at my community college's Math and Science Center on campus. I provided free, walk in tutoring to help with math classes up to and including Calculus 3, introductory biology, an introductory chemistry. I would also communicate with professors on a weekly basis to be up to date on current topics students would have questions on.


Work experience

New York State Department of Health (2018 - 2018)
Research Experience for Undergraduates Student


Binghamton University
BS Bachelor of Science (2019)
Biology with specialization in Cell and Molecular Biology
Cornell University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Biochemistry Molecular and Cell Biology

Completed Projects

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