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Karly F

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Duke University


Structural biochemistry


Hi everyone! I am going to be a third year PhD student in the biochemistry department at Duke University. I am researching DNA damage repair pathways and how they pertain to cancer. Outside of the lab, I enjoy competitive running, exploring local restaurants and reading.

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.

Visualize It: Why Protein Structure is Important for Biological Understanding

If you have ever seen a cartoon of a protein in a paper or textbook, it is easy to take for granted how the image came about. In reality, it is up to a specific type of scientist, known as a structural biochemist, to solve the protein structure so that it can be used to understand a specific biological process, or to aid in drug design. In this project, you will use a method of your choosing (video, cartoon, podcast, etc.) to learn about and explain now protein structures are solved, and find an example of how they have been used to answer a scientific question.

DNA Damage and Cancer

It is well known that damage to our genomic information, or DNA, can eventually lead to the formation of tumors and cancer. On a basic scientific level, how our cells sense and respond to sources of genomic stress determine the extent of DNA damage. In this project, we will pick a DNA repair pathway of your choosing and dissect how it is tied to cancer, and discuss current therapeutics to try to mitigate further damage. Your findings can be presented as a slide show, review paper, podcast, animation or any other method interesting to you.


Work experience

Bucknell University (2019 - 2022)
TA; study group leader


Bucknell University
BS Bachelor of Science (2022)
Biochemistry/Cell Biology
Duke University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

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