Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

My fellowship experience: This internship has solidified my desire to pursue a PhD in biomedical sciences after graduating from Cornell.  I think that this is actually because of the problems that I had getting FANCJ to express properly.  If the protocol had worked correctly, I would have learned the protocol, and come to be fairly proficient with it, but I would not have really understood why any particular step was in the protocol. I want to be continually looking for new things, explanations, and processes, and a large part of this is that I need to enjoy looking for solutions to problems rather than being solely focused on getting the result that I’m looking for.

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Scott Casey

Scott Casey '14

Fellowship 
Dimensions Fellow in Research

Site 
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Aims of the Fellowship
The project's purpose is to determine the method by which FANCJ binds to DNA and  unwinds G4 Quadruplexes.  I hope to learn the basics of the single molecule assay used by Maria Spies' lab, as well as come to a greater understanding of single molecule interactions, especially as they relate to DNA Helicases.

Faculty Sponsor
Barbara Christie-Pope, Biology