Graduate Student Spotlight Kyoungsun Rha

Graduate Student Spotlight Kyoungsun Rha

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Kyoungsun Rha. A student in the Garcia Lab, Kyoungsun works on identifying the mechanism of how cells regulate their metabolisms to maintain their functionality. Learn more about Kyoungsun and her graduate experience in this month’s Spotlight.

Dr. Lawrence Griffing: The Lost Portrait of Robert Hooke?

Dr. Lawrence Griffing: The Lost Portrait of Robert Hooke

Despite being described as perhaps the single greatest experimentalist of his time, Robert Hooke remains one of scientific history’s biggest enigmas, as no official illustration of him exists. Dr. Lawrence Griffing in the TAMU Biology, believes that an unidentified gentleman in a circa-1680s painting by artist, Mary Beale, could actually be a long-sought portrait of Hooke…

Graduate Student Spotlight Yufeng Wan

Graduate Student Spotlight Yufeng Wan

October’s Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Yufeng Wan. A Graduate Student in the Garcia lab, Yufeng studies neurobiology and mating behaviors of males in C. elegans. Learn more about Yufeng and his work in this month’s Spotlight


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