This summer, my future mentee, Aliyah Stephens, and I conducted research under Dr. Jennifer Round studying the Slitrk protein family in mice and zebrafish. The FUTURE program allowed me to gain experience in a mentor position and teach an incoming freshman all the laboratory techniques I have acquired from my time conducting research. The program allows incoming students to not only become familiar working in a lab, but also get adjusted to the school and meet upperclassmen and faculty who can guide them during their first year and entire time at Ursinus.
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In Dr. Round’s research lab, I am exploring novel cellular and developmental roles of the Slitrk2 protein, one of the members of the larger Slitrk protein family. Slitrk proteins are linked to many neuropsychiatric disorders, so understanding their role during development and in cellular communication can help shed light on the pathologies of these disorders. This summer, Aliyah and I performed immunostaining in embryonic mouse brains to localize the Slitrk2 protein in order to understand more about its function. I am currently expanding on these findings by studying Slitrk2 in zebrafish and performing a loss-of-function study to eliminate the protein. Through techniques such as microinjections, morphological analyses, Western Blots, and immunostaining, we hope to uncover a novel role for Slitrk2 in development.
My Research Conferences
I recently presented my summer research at Haverford College’s Undergraduate Science Research Symposium.
Life After Ursinus
Upon graduating, I plan to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D in neuroscience. Aliyah and I both learned troubleshooting, organizational, communicative, and collaborative skills that will benefit us in our classes at Ursinus and beyond.