The Functional Analysis of the Drosophila Chinmo Protein and Its Interaction with the CG11180 Protein: Abstract

The Chinmo protein is a transcription factor protein that is involved in sex maintenance in the Drosophila. The Chinmo protein is able to interact with SUMO proteins, Small Ubiquitin like Modifier proteins, covalently and non-covalently; which is likely to regulate the Chinmo protein’s activity. In collaboration with the Dr. Matthew Wawersik lab, the CG11180 protein was identified. Although the function of CG11180 is still unknown, previous data indicates that this protein can interact with the Chinmo protein to regulate sex maintenance in Drosophila, as well.

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Characterizing Immune Cells in Rainbow Trout Organs: Abstract

The immune system is an indispensable part of all living organisms. By studying the immune system of certain organisms, we can analyze how changes in our environment can affect the health of biological organisms and predict possible effects on human health, as well. Fish, especially the rainbow trout, can serve as a relevant model because of the rainbow trout’s prevalence in our environment and its influence on humans, whether it may involve environmental detection/sensing or providing insight into the immune system of aquatic organisms. Despite this, the rainbow trout’s immune system is still largely unexplored in the biomedical field, and I intend to contribute more information and knowledge about this topic for the benefit of humankind.

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