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PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and General Biology
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Literature review of mRNA secondary structure and function in viruses

Viruses are fascinating submicroscopic infectious agents that must rely on host cell machinery to carry out their basic processes. Students will come to understand how mRNA secondary structure plays an important role in key viral mechanisms during translation.

Lipid membranes and their ion channels

Maintaining homeostasis across lipid membranes can be a life or death situation for many biological organisms. Students will learn about the importance of ion channels and will have options for building models of these channels, research papers, or even creating science podcasts for an organism of their choosing.

Nemo's Story: What Disney did not tell you!

If you are like me, you have enjoyed the iconic Disney movies Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. However, the science behind the relationship between Marlin and Nemo after Coral is eaten by a barracuda offers a stark contrast to what is depicted in the movie. Students will learn about how behavior in clownfish later determines their biological sex as well as how the symbiotic relationship with anemones plays into that story.

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