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Marcus C

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Neuroscience, cell and molecular biology, pharmacology, organic chemistry, drug discovery, biotechnology

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.

How Does a Molecule Actually Become a Useful Drug?

Have you ever wondered how long it takes to develop a new drug? With incurable diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's affecting millions of Americans every day, there is a huge unmet clinical need to develop safer and more effective drugs. Learn what it takes for a candidate molecule to go through the arduous steps of discovery, from initial drug screening to clinical trials.

The Cellular Building Blocks of Life

Everybody knows about organelles, right? Some well-recognized examples include the nucleus, mitochondria and the endoplasmic reticulum. But what do they do exactly? And how does their function go awry during stress and disease? How do we even visualize such microscopic structures? In this project, students will be taking a deeper dive on their favorite organelles to understand their structure, function, and dynamics during health and disease. Additionally, students will research the cell and molecular tools, both new and traditional, used to interrogate organelle function.

Pathophysiology of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's diseases are pathologically characterized by the abnormal deposition of misfolded proteins in the brain. Clinically, patients typically suffer from progressive memory loss, cognitive and motor deficits, and behavioral changes. Conduct a comprehensive review about the diverse molecular mechanisms that correlate with neurodegenerative disease pathology and present findings in the form of an oral or written presentation.

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