Human Embryonic Stem Cell Biology/Epigenetics
In 2011 I earned my BA in Biology from Western Connecticut State University where I conducted research in the laboratories of Dr. Frank Dye, Dr. Edwin Wong, and Dr. Thomas Lonergan. I joined the CMB program in the fall of 2012, and my experience thus far has been nothing short of amazing. I chose the CMB program at UVM for its breadth of interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research, and for the focus and importance the faculty place on the individual development of each student. When I’m not studying, in class, or in the lab I enjoy getting outdoors as much as possible. Burlington offers incredible places for hiking, swimming, biking, or just exploring the beautiful state of Vermont.
My home is in the Stein/Lian Laboraroty where I work closely with Dr. Rodrigo Grandy. My current research focuses on the epigenetics of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). Specifically, we are elucidating unique epigenetic signatures of the human pluripotent cell cycle in order to understand the molecular mechanisms governing pluripotency and lineage commitment. An indepth understanding of exactly how hESCs maintain the pluripotent state and give rise to virtually every cell of the human body is essential for advancing the fields of regenerative medicine, wound healing, and disease modeling.
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Lab: E209 Given
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