Alicia Herrera

University of Washington, Class of 2020
Intended major: Bioengineering

Alicia Herrera graduated from Mossyrock High School in Mossyrock, WA in 2016. During high school she actively participated and served as the Captain of the track team, was a member of cross country team, Knowledge Bowl, and served as the Vice President and Secretary of her class.

Education, Honors, and Awards

  • Mossyrock High School Graduate, 2016
  • GenOM ALVA Intern, Summer 2016
  • Costco Diversity Scholar, 2016
  • Centralia College, Associate Degree in Biology, 2016
  • Mossyrock High School Graduate, 2016
  • Powerful Examples of Excellence Award, 2016
  • The Chronicle’s CFAC Athlete of the Week, 2015

Research Interests

Alicia worked in the Bedalov Lab at Fred Hutchchinson Cancer Research Center. Her project focused on generating a collection of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains with varying ribosomal DNA (rDNA) lengths. Replication of the rDNA has been shown to significantly impact the replicative lifespan (RLS) of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast cells). Yeast cells with a weaker rDNA origin of replication have a shorter rDNA length and a longer RLS. Using nicotinamide and dihydrocoumarin, she inhibited Sir2 to create a library of yeast strains with varying lengths of rDNA. This collection could then be used in researching factors that affect aging in yeast cells.

After graduation Alicia plans to apply to medical school.

Research Projects

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