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Riya G

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill)


Genomics, CRISPR-gene editing, genome architecture, social justice in STEM, Art in STEM, creative writing (poetry/short stories)


I am a PhD student studying how the genome is organized and regulated in our cells. I use genetics, genomics, and molecular techniques to study genome architecture. I entered the scientific world as a freshman in high school where I was involved in a 4-year research project. In college, I continued working in molecular genetics research labs. I love thinking scientifically and learning new things everyday! Outside of science, I love being creative. I love to paint, cook new recipes, and write creative short pieces. Over quarantine, I got really into houseplants/gardening and now I am slowly building an indoor jungle. I like hiking, going out with friends, and stopping to pet every dog I pass.

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.

The Leaky Pipeline

Although diversity is required for scientific productivity, innovation, and advancement, women and people of color (POC) are not equally represented at higher academic positions as their male counterparts. Women in the biological sciences represent over half of the PhD student bodies, however less than half tenured professors are women, and even less so of those from minority backgrounds. The gender/racial gap in STEM fields increases as people further their career due to gender/race bias and societal pressures that decrease self-efficacy. Students will learn about diversity, stereotypes in STEM, and career barriers and write a review article summarizing the current diversity environment in STEM and ways we can approach fixing this leaky pipeline.

The sequencing world

In this project, we can learn about the history and future of sequencing technologies, and how they have revolutionized our understanding of the human genome. Students can explore publicly available datasets or write a review article.

Teaching experience

I have had previous experiences mentoring at high school and undergraduate students. I have also been a teaching assistant for a graduate level course.


Work experience

University of Georgia (2019 - 2020)
Lab Manager
University of Georgia (2016 - 2019)
Undergraduate research assistant
Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (2016 - 2016)


University of Georgia
BS Bachelor of Science (2019)
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill)
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

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