SB, Humanities & Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rob Jackson, PhD, Adviser
My research focuses on understanding the molecular clocks that allow animals to keep time. Although much progress has been made investigating rhythmic patterns in mRNA synthesis and/or stability, comparatively little work has explored rhythms in protein synthesis, and few studies have addressed how the role and function of circadian clocks differs in distinct tissues. To address these questions, I take advantage of powerful genetic tools available in Drosophila that allow selective isolation of actively translated mRNAs in specific cell or tissue types. These studies will enhance our understanding of how molecular clocks in individual cells integrate to give rise to rhythmic behavior at the level of a complete organism.
As part of the TEACRS Program, I co-taught Genetics with TEACRS trainee Kearney Gunsalus in the Summer of 2015 at UMass - Boston.
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