Maryam Rahmani

University of Washington, Class of 2016
Intended Biology Major

Maryam graduated in 2012 from Bothell High School in Bothell, WA. While in high school she was an active member of the Chamber Orchestra, National Honors Society, and Kiwanis Key Club. She also worked part-time at the University of Washington Medical Center's Collagen Lab.

Education, Honors, and Awards

Research Interests

Maryam had been working at the University of Washington Medical Center's Collagen Lab with Dr. Robert Byers throughout her senior year of high school doing data entry. As an ALVA intern during the summer of 2012, she transitioned to a research role working on a project centered around Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). OI is an inherited disease that causes brittle bones and vary from very mild to potentially lethal forms. The genetic mutation that causes OI is found in a certain type of collagen gene (COL1A1 and COL1A2). The goal of Maryam's study was to determine if there are certain clinical signs of OI that are more likely to indicate a mutation in the COL1A1 or COL1A2 gene. This data could then be used to develop guidelines for diagnosis of in-utero fetuses.

During the summer of 2013, Brin participated in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) at the University of Washington.

Maryam was offered a job in the Collagen Lab that will last throughout her undergraduate career. She plans to complete a degree in biology and obtain a graduate degree in genetics.

Research Projects

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Gerberding G76
Phone: (206)685-2593

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