Graduate Student Spotlight: Ananya Dasgupta

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Ananya Dasgupta.  A graduate student in the Sachs lab, Ananya studies how nonsense mediated mRNA decay pathways help cells remove aberrant transcripts to stay healthy.

 

Nomoshkar! That is how we greet back home in Kolkata. It is a culturally diverse, highly populated and a city adorned with historical heritage in the eastern part of India. I have completed my schooling through my Master’s in my hometown. Being in Microbiology Honors for my bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Calcutta, a centenarian, I had enough exposure to the world […]

2017-10-27T12:01:50+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , |

Faculty Spotlight: Heath Blackmon

This month’s Faculty Spotlight highlights Dr. Heath Blackmon.  An Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, Dr. Blackmon uses beetles to study evolutionary biology, particularly genome evolution.

Heath Blackmon received his B.S. in Environmental Science from Oregon State University in 2010.  He then began work on his Ph.D. at the University of Texas in Arlington where he studied genome evolution in invertebrates.  While at UT Arlington he built a database of invertebrate karyotypes containing over 15,000 species.  He completed his Ph.D. in 2015 and moved to the University of Minnesota.  In Minnesota Heath collaborated with […]

2017-10-11T10:44:14+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Categories: Faculty Spotlight|Tags: , |

Graduate Student Spotlight: Sarah Beagle

This Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Sarah Beagle. A Biology Graduate student in the Lockless Lab, and an avid Kansas fan, Sarah studies K+ channels in the bacteria E. coli.

I’m from Auburn, Kansas-a small town just outside of Topeka. As a kid, I really loved animals of all kinds, and I had these extremely elaborate plans to try to convince my parents to let me bring home a wildly diverse set of animals as pets. I pitched them everything from a horse to a Komodo dragon as a pet. Those plans were surprisingly unsuccessful, but […]

2017-11-14T17:06:42+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight, Uncategorized|Tags: , |