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Biology department welcomes 12 graduate research students

Learn more about the 12 incoming biology research graduates and their areas of research.

By: Dustin Ryder 


With a myriad of research programs within the Biology Department at the School of Science, incoming biology graduate students are exploring a range of topics. This fall the department is welcoming 12 research students into its graduate program, studying topics ranging from fetal alcohol syndrome in zebrafish to DNA sequencing in flies.

Learn more about incoming biology research graduates and their areas of research:

Tripthi Battapadi

Concentration: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Research: DNA Repair Systems

Mentor: Dr. Lata Balakrishnan

Favorite aspect of your research? "Easy access to all the information, approachable and friendly supervisors and colleagues. The freedom to try out variety of approach."

 

Racquel Hopkins

Concentration: Biology

Research: Forensic DNA Phenotyping- Hair Color Quantification

Mentor: Dr. Susan Walsh

Why did you choose this area? "I plan to work in the forensic field as a DNA analyst."

 

Md Sariful Islam Howlader

Concentration: Biology

Research: Hydrocephalus Disease

Mentor: Dr. Bonnie Blazer-Yost

Why did you choose this area? "My background of study--I took pharmacology, advanced biochemistry. I wish to collaborate my pharmacological knowledge with biochemistry research."

 

Tisianna Kamba

Concentration: Biology/Neuroscience

Research: Mchr1 localization in cilia found in the brain and conditions that can alter Mchr1 presence in cilia.

Mentor: Dr. Nick Berbari

Why did you choose this area? "The topic chose me with the help of my P.I."

 

Frank Lawrence

Concentration: Neuroscience/Forensics

Research: Neuroscience: Immunofluorescence and RNA Sequencing in Brain with a focus on obesity.

Forensics: Using Sequencing and SNP analysis.

Mentor: Dr. Nick Berbari and Dr. Christine Picard

Why did you choose this area? "It's cool and answers key scientific questions."

 

Xiayi Liao

Concentration: Biology

Research: Proteins involved in stereocilia development and maintenance

Mentor: Dr. Benjamin Perrin

Why did you choose this area? "My grandfather is not losing his hearing as he is aging; instead, his hearing is getting better."

 

Carlie Priddy

Concentration: Bone Cell Biology

Research: Keap1-Nrf2 Antioxidant Pathway

Mentor: Dr. Jiliang Li

Favorite aspect of your research? "Potential to improve treatment/prevention of osteoporosis and bone disease."

 

Priyadharshini Manikandan

Concentration: Biology

Research: Effects of fetal alcohol syndrome in zebrafish

Mentor: Dr. James Marrs

Favorite aspect of your research? "Working with zebrafish embryos because I've never worked with live organism in a lab before."

 

Khadija Moctar

Concentration: Genetics

Research: DNA sequencing in search of vertebrate DNA from flies

Mentor: Dr. Christine Picard

Why did you choose this area? "It can be implemented in tracing biodiversity."

 

Madhumita Sridharan

Concentration: Molecular Biology & Reduction Biochemistry

Research: DNA Repair Mechanism

Mentor: Dr. Lata Balakrishnan

Why did you choose this area? "It helps me understand the fundamental reasons behind biological phenomenon."

 

Brandon Wysong

Concentration: Molecular Biology and Reduction Biochemistry

Research: DNA Repair and Telomere Mechanisms

Mentor: Dr. Lata Balakrishnan

Why did you choose this area? "Determining the foundations of DNA repair pathways is critical to helping better understand the cause of cancer and other genetic disorders."

 

Jennifer Yanum

Concentration: Regenerative Biology

Research: Liver regeneration

Mentor: Dr. Guoli Dai

Why did you choose this topic? "To find out the concept of liver regeneration to help develop therapeutic interventions."

 

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Sitting (L to R): Madhumita Sridharan, Tripthi Battapadi, Priyanka, Xiayi Liao, Jennifer Yanum, Shariful Islam Howlader
Standing (L to R): Brandon Wysong, Khadija Moctar, Priyadarshini Manikandan, Tsianna Kamba, Frank Lawrence
 

The Biology Department and School of Science extend a warm welcome to these incoming students and wishes the best of luck in their discoveries. Congratulations to the minds of tomorrow--be the best Jaguar you can be.