Careers & Alumni

In Professor Kevin Culligan's lab, I studied the pathways soderquistapoptosis
through which plants respondto DNA damage. Many of these response pathways are conserved in humans and implicated in a variety of diseases and cancers.  I specifically focused on a class of proteins which directly bind to damaged DNA.  Through genetic manipulation of this model plant system we analyzed the roles these proteins play in the damage response.  Work on this project taught me a variety of essential skills.  First, I learned how to design hypothesis-driven experiments and logically analyze my results.  Second, I learned many technical skills, including DNA isolation techniques, molecular cloning, and use of a microscope.  Above all, my work in the Culligan lab furthered my interest in scientific research and helped prepare me for graduate studies.

I am currently a graduate student at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.  My thesis project involves studying the evasion of apoptosis (also known as programmed cell death) in cancer.  Specifically, I study how a class of compounds can be used to induce apoptosis through selective inhibition of anti-apoptotic proteins.  The goal of this work is to develop novel drug combinations for cancer treatment. 

Past Featured Alum:

Whitney Hunter (BS'09)