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Kayla W

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Drug discovery, bioinformatics, enzymes, science communication, the oceans & human health, marine science

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.

Investigating marine genomes

Learn how to access and analyze publicly available genomes. of marine creatures like bacteria, corals, sponges, and sea weeds. Search for genes and learn what they encode. Learn how to connect DNA to antibiotic production. Learn bioinformatics and basic command line functions. End product can be a written report, a video, a presentation, or other options if you have an idea in mind.

Online science communication

Learn how to write and produce online content to teach the public about interesting science topics. Create videos, infographics, and/or podcast episodes that cover pertinent science topics like gene editing, climate change, public health, electric cars, etc.

Coding skills

Linux command line

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