Graduate Student Spotlight: Wangming Ji

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Wangming Ji.  A Ph.D. Candidate in the McKnight Lab, Wangming works on glucolipids produced by wild tomato plants. Read more to learn about his background, his advice for graduate school, and even his taste in music!

I was born in Fushun, a small city once famous for its coal industry located in the north eastern part of China. I got interested in biology when my father sent me a book entitled “Why We Get Sick” as a 12th birthday present. After I went into high school, I performed well […]

2018-11-20T14:41:42+00:00November 20th, 2018|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Graduate Student Spotlight: Gaston Jofre

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Gaston Jofre. A Ph.D. Candidate in the Rosenthal Lab, Gaston uses swordtail fish to detect selection in natural hybrid populations.

Being originally from the biggest city of Mexico, I received in the summer of 2012 my B.S. degree in Biology, in the Faculty of Sciences of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Working with Dr. Guillermina Alcaraz, the main focus of my undergraduate thesis was the study of behavior, specifically aggression, between two types of males from a marine hermit crab species.

The fall of 2012 I joined the Rosenthal Lab interested […]

2018-10-24T12:44:57+00:00October 24th, 2018|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , , |

Graduate Student Spotlight: Michael Werry

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight features Michael Werry. A member of the Matt Sachs Lab here at TAMU Biology, Michael studies the transcriptional regulation of light-responsive transcription factors in Neurospora crassa.

I am originally from Canton, Ohio and went to Plain Local Schools for high school. I always had an interest in the biological sciences, and so went to Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio for my undergraduate degree in biology. While a senior there, I was given the opportunity to do some research with one of our senior professors. The project I helped with was […]

2018-08-28T12:56:46+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , , , |

Graduate Student Spotlight: Hina Iftikhar

This Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Hina Iftikhar, a graduate student and Ph.D. candidate in Ginger Carney‘s lab. Hina works on Drosophila behavioral genetics with miRNA knockout mutants, and enjoys mentoring undergraduates in the laboratory and participating in several clubs including BioGSA, A-STEP, and the Pakistani Student’s Association.

I was born in Lahore, a city located in the north-eastern part of Pakistan. Growing up, I was lucky to have been taught by some very enthusiastic science teachers that got me interested in biology. When I was in high school I got selected for a space settlement design competition […]

2018-07-24T09:33:18+00:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: CarneyLab, Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , , |

Graduate Student Spotlight: Yunzi Gou

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Yunzi Gou. Yunzi is a graduate student in the Riley Lab, studying the development of neurons of the stato-acoustic ganglion (SAG) in zebrafish.

I was born in Xi’an, a city famous for its rich culture and history, located in central China. My family later moved to Beijing, the capital of China, when I was in elementary school. I loved animals growing up and I had many different pets even though we were living in a big city. My interest in biology was rooted in my deep respect for my […]

2018-06-01T09:29:46+00:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , |

Graduate Student Spotlight: Patrick Suess

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Patrick Suess. A student in the Gomer Lab, Patrick studies the signalling function of inorganic polyphosphate in the eukaryote Dictyostelium and in human immune cells.

I was born in and grew up in Houston. During freshman year of high school, I really raised eyebrows with some outstanding play for the JV soccer team, however the success bred arrogance, and ultimately led to an underwhelming varsity career.  I did my undergrad in Austin at St. Edward’s University where I graduated with a BS in biology. From there I went on […]

2017-12-11T08:36:02+00:00December 11th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|

Graduate Student Spotlight: Kathleen McAllister

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Kathleen McAllister! A Biology student in the Sorg Lab, Kathleen studies C. difficile and helped develop the CRISPR-Cas9 modification system in order to study this fascinating organism.

I’m from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, specifically from St. Martin which is a small community on the Gulf Coast. I’ve always been eager to learn, starting when I was little playing “school” with my sister and her friends. I’ve also always had a passion to help people. My life goal was to be able to do both. I earned my bachelor’s in Biomedical […]

2017-11-15T09:14:24+00:00November 15th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , |

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+00:00October 27th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student 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+00:00October 9th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Graduate Student Spotlight: Kushan Gunawardhana

This Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Kushan Gunawardhana.  A graduate student in Dr. Paul Hardin’s lab, Kushan generated the first adult mutants of a vrille lethal gene mutant in Drosophila, and works in the Biological Clocks field for his research.

I grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka (the tiny pearl of the Indian Ocean). My high school days was where I developed a strong interest towards biology and from there on continued to pursue a career in it. I have a BS in Bioinformatics from University of Colombo in Sri Lanka, during which I worked with Arabidopsis […]

2017-09-28T08:46:34+00:00September 28th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , |