Undergraduate Students

Name Background/Interests

Andrew Ingersoll

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I am a Professorial Assistant in the Arnosti lab; this program supports me to carry out research as an undergraduate. I am currently working with Rewatee Gokhale to engineer Drosophila genomes using CRISPR technology. Many embryos have been injected, and a few survived!

Kelly Montgomery

Kelly Montgomery

Email:
montg180@msu.edu

I am a senior undergraduate student from Detroit, MI majoring in Human Biology. I am also a Spartan MARC Fellow, one of three at MSU. These Fellowships are awarded by the NIH to increase the number of highly trained underrepresented biomedical and behavioral scientists in leadership positions. In the lab, I am assisting with understanding how specific transcription factors regulate the insulin signaling pathway of Drosophila. Post graduation, I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences. I am interested in conducting research that analyzes the chemistry of plant species with a suggested medicinal potential and determine their pharmacological relevance. Outside of the lab I enjoy playing volleyball.

Irina Pushel

Irina Pushel

Email:
pushelir@msu.edu

I am a senior in the Honors College at MSU, working on a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Biotechnology, with minor in French. I plan to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation. Using inducible expression genes that I engineered, I am working on understanding how retinoblastoma proteins in Drosophila affect genome-wide chromatin state and how mutations change these patterns. My work with Liang Zhang led to co-authorship on a JBC paper in 2014. I also serve as a Dean's Ambassador to discuss research opportunities for undergraduate students at Michigan State. I have conducted summer research (2013) in Dusseldorf, Germany on the plant biology exchange program, as well as computational studies at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland in summer of 2014. When I'm not in the lab or working through mountains of homework, I enjoy reading, playing board games, and traveling the world.  

 

Yuk Kie Wan

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I am a freshman in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; I came from Hong Kong to carry out undergraduate work. I am working Dr. Laurie Kaguni in BMB to purify proteins relevant for DNA replication, and am simultaneously becoming expert at CRISPR for germ line transformation.