Rebecca de Frates

University of Washington, Class of 2015
Intended Biology Major

Rebecca de Frates is a 2011 graduate from Bothell High School in Bothell, WA. As a high school student she was an active member of her Girl Scout Troop and served as the President since 2005. She has also participated in Relay for Life as a team captain, was a program aid for the Bothell Day Camp Program, a member of National Honors Society and played on the volleyball team.

Education, Honors, and Awards

Research Interests

During her summer 2010 internship, Becca studied polyploidy in the plant genus Thalictrum, alongside her mentors, VerĂ³nica Di Stilio and Kelsey Galimba, in the Department of Biology's Di Stilio Lab. Often times, polyploidy can cause the variations found within a genus and the focus of this study was to determine what polyploidy events of this particular genus may have lead to the evolution of the group as a whole.

Becca returned as an ALVA intern for the summer of 2011, working in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine with Dr. Ruth Landau. Becca's research project focused on the relationship between the duration of analgesic response for women in labor and genetic variability within the OPRM1 gene and the COMT gene. More specifically, Becca examined previously collected data on patients that had received combined-spinal epidurals (CSE) during labor to determine if there was a difference in duration among the varying genotypes. This sort of information could allow doctors to better tailor pain management treatments for individual patients based on their genetic cariability.

Becca has continued on as an undergraduate researcher through the UW GenOM Project Undergraduate Research Program and currently works alongside Dr. Wendy Raskind in the Department of Genome Sciences. During the summer of 2012, Becca participated in the Broad Institute's Summer Research Program in Genomics (SRPG).

Research Projects

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Gerberding G76
phone: (206)685-2593

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Gerberding G76
phone: (206)221-4614

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phone: (206)543-3306

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