Department: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Year Entered: 2008
Prior Degrees: BA in Biology, University of California Santa Barbara, 2008
My research and career interests span many classical categories of science, but generally include the exploration and development of novel biological tools for their clinical or practical application. For example, I am currently attempting to use homology and directed evolution approaches to better understand homing endonucleases. I will use this understanding along with directed evolution and a collaborative computational design effort to attempt to modify their specificities toward clinically relevant targets. I enjoy integrating many different biological disciplines in order to find the best solution and tackle a given problem. I am participating in the certificate program because I believe my research interests align well with strengths and goals of the program.
Aoki SK, Malinverni JC, Jacoby K, Thomas B, Pamma R, Trinh BN, Remers S, Webb J, Braaten BA, Silhavy TJ, Low DA. Contact-dependent growth inhibition requires the essential outer membrane protein BamA (YaeT) as the receptor and the inner membrane transport protein AcrB. Mol Microbiol. 2008 Oct;70(2):323-40.