#feelinggrateful

After reading the first paper to begin my preparation for my study. My jaw dropped to the ground. My brain is doing jumping jacks trying to understand all the dense information carefully placed in published papers. After two weeks of reading papers to prepare for the lab aspect of the project, I now go Germany to make everything work. I am here in Frankfurt, arrived this morning and I will travel down to Freiburg by train to start work in the afternoon. WOOO. I will be learning, taking notes and setting up my experiment. It finally all comes together. It is really thrilling to see all that I have learned in class  in action in past papers. From the moment I learned about epigenetics in Molecular Biology, I fell in love. A big shout out to all my professors at W&M for their inspiring lectures!!!  

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Investigating the role of Hsp90 in the nucleus

I am a biology major currently finishing my chemistry degree requirements at St Andrews University, Scotland. For the past couple of years, I have become intrigued with new discoveries in scientific journals concerning phenotypic plasticity, miRNA regulation, agouti mice, and modification of histone tails.  Epigenetics fascinates me. The more I learn, the more I look for ways to be part of epigenetic research.  As I look ahead to Summer 2014, I am excited to begin studying the heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) as it interacts with the chromatin. I am interested in how Hsp90’s function at the nucleus is affected when the cellular environment changes during stress, aging, and disease. At the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE), Freiburg, Germany, I will try to unveil the difference between Hsp90 in the nucleus and the Hsp90 in the cytosol. This project is the perfect way to continue learning about the complexity of genetics. I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the understanding of the function of Hsp90 in the cell.

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