Thesis Thursday

The University of Arizona’s Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science and the Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) have partnered with KXCI 91.3 to produce “Thesis Thursday,” a weekly program featuring student researchers talking about ...more

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September 28, 2022 00:04:28
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Amy Fan

Hi, my name is Amy Fan; born in Canada, I moved with my family to Chandler where I learned to acclimate to the Arizona heat. I am a UA senior double majoring in Molecular Cellular Biology and Statistics Data Science with a minor in musical performance. As an undergraduate researcher, I work in the Gutenkunst lab studying mathematical models inferring recombination rates. Canonical models operate under the assumptions of neutrality, but in real life, we have plenty of mutations that are better or worse for us…So considering these is a must! Through my two years at UBRP, I have been fortunate enough to work in two different labs. As an undergraduate in the Gregorio Lab, I studied neonatal heart disease at a molecular level. Dr. Gregorio recognized my fascination with big data and supported my transition into a computational lab, which led me to the Gutenkunst Lab the following year. I am so grateful for my experience in UBRP which has opened me up to the world of computational biology, something I had not considered as Molecular Biology Major when I first joined as a sophomore. I am currently pursuing a Statistics research in graduate school and studying computational systems of biology. Outside of university, I enjoy watching movies with friends, running, and songwriting about the human experience. As co-president of Music and Medicine Club at the university, I also perform with fellow musicians at local clinics and hospitals. ...

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September 22, 2022 00:03:57
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Shifat Hossain

I am an international student from Bangladesh. I have spent over 15 years of my life in Oman and Saudi Arabia. I am currently a senior studying Chemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Bioinformatics with a minor in Computer Science. Throughout my three years at U of A, I have worked in a few different labs and switched around different jobs. The current lab I am working in is in the CBC department. We are working with a molecule found in your eyes. In our lab, we are studying its activation. Outside the lab, I work as a Global Ambassador where I organize events and help international students make Tucson their new home.  My other long time work includes tutoring at SALT. My hobbies include playing board games (especially Catan), painting, spending time with my puppy, and trying food from around the world!   ...

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September 14, 2022 00:03:43
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Marisa Lester

Today’s episode is a little different. We are talking with Marisa Lester about Thesis Thursday, how it is beneficial to students and listeners, and why it is such an important part of what we do here at KXCI community radio. ...

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August 31, 2022 00:04:43
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Meiven Yang

Hi! My name is Meiven Yang, and I am a rising junior at the University of Arizona majoring in Bioinformatics and Biochemistry. I have been working in Dr. Goodrum’s lab since Summer of 2021, where we study Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV). HCMV contributes to mortality among the immunocompromised and birth defects among newborns; there are currently limited therapies and no existing vaccines against the virus. My project focuses on mapping protein-protein interactions relative to the UL136 gene, which contributes to the regulation of viral latency and reactivation. After graduation, I am hoping to either work in industry or attend graduate school. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, working out, and painting. Processed with VSCO with m5 preset   ...

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August 09, 2022 00:03:52
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Chloe Park

Hi! My name is Chloe Park, and I am a Biochemistry major entering my Junior year at the University of Arizona. I have been working in the Koshy lab for just over a year. In our lab, we study the common human parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, and specifically its unique mechanism to avoid the brain’s complicated immune system and its ability to persist in the mammalian brain for a life-long period. My current project involves trying to figure out which genes are responsible for playing a role in the parasite’s ability to encyst in which they convert into a semi-dormant phase. The ultimate goal is to improve treatments for patients with symptomatic toxoplasmosis and to better understand the complicated immune system of our brain. Through our studies, we might even be able to provide new insights into various other neurodegenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. In the future, I hope to continue studying the fascinating brain by pursuing my career path as a physician-scientist! In my free time, I love to explore new food places with my friends, and working out has always been a helpful way to relieve stress. Also, I recently got into knitting while watching Netflix and plan on donating 100 chemo-caps by the end of this year ...

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August 08, 2022 00:03:33
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Hyeon Seung Lee

My name is Hyeon Seung Lee, and I am a senior at the University of Arizona majoring in Physiology and Medical Sciences with a minor in Biochemistry. I have been a member of Dr. Chang’s research lab for almost 3 years now, starting since November of 2019 as a freshman volunteer. Our lab focuses on studying the underlying mechanisms of chronic sinusitis and its associated virus called rhinovirus, the most frequent cause of the common cold. Outside of lab work, I enjoy reading novels, watching TV shows and movies, and playing games. I am also a huge foodie, so I like to go to restaurants and try new foods, or if I have the opportunity, make them myself. My favorite foods include charcuterie (meat and cheese) boards, Korean stews, and barbeque. ...

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