Ariana Cruz

University of Washington, Class of 2020
Intended major: Human Evolutionary Biology

Ariana Cruz graduated from Southridge High School in Kennewick, WA in 2016. During high school she actively participated with the National Honor Society, served as a Team Read tutor and was a Volleyball student athlete.

Education, Honors, and Awards

  • Southridge High School Graduate, 2016
  • GenOM ALVA Intern, Summer 2016
  • WSOS Scholarship
  • Most Valuable Player, Volleyball, 2016

Research Interests

As a GenOM ALVA intern during the summer of 2015, Ariana worked in the Mefford Lab. Her project was to validate the presence and inheritance of genetic mutations associated with epileptic encephalopathy, which had been previously found using next-generation sequencing. Mutations were validated through a process that included primer design, PCR, gel electrophoresis, Sanger sequencing, and sequence analysis. The data obtained will be used to enhance current knowledge of epileptic encephalopathy and to further the development of potential treatment.

Ariana will continue research in the Mefford Lab. She also plans on attending medical school upon completion of her Bachelor’s Degree.

Research Projects

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