Mentor: Dr. Joseph Provost
This summer I am investigating the role of the Sodium Hydrogen Exchanger isoform 1 (NHE1) protein and Calcineurin Homologous B protein isoforms 1 and 2 (CHP1 and CHP2) on intracellular pH in the presence and absence of serum to mimic tumor growth conditions in lung cancer. I am also quantifying the relative gene expression of NHE1, CHP1, and CHP2 in the same conditions by performing quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR).
Mentor: Dr. Rae Anderson
My project uses single molecule fluorescence microscopy and particle-tracking to examine the effects of crowding on the diffusion and conformation of large, double-stranded circular and linear DNA molecules.
Mentor: Dr. Timothy Clark
Mentor: Dr. Lauren Benz
My project is a fundamental study characterizing the reactivity of ZIF-8, focusing on determining the reactivity of the surface species versus the bulk material. ZIF-8 is a type of Zeolitic framework which is a hybrid material with exciting potential for applications in green heterogeneous catalysis and gas storage.