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Student Profiles


Aktan Alpsoy

In eukaryotic systems DNA -or the genome- is packaged into protein-dense units called chromatin. The basic unit of the chromatin, nucleosome, is composed of a core that is made up of histone proteins and DNA wrapped around that core. This compact structure is important to protect large eukaryotic genomes and fit it into a limited space, the nucleus. Besides these, the chromatin structure is crucial for dynamic regulation of fundamental events such as DNA replication, transcription, and repair of damaged DNA. More...


Kourtney Fultz

PULSe Student, Kourtney Fultz, was given the opportunity to gain lab experience, teaching and outreach experience within two years at Purdue University. More...


Amy Funk

PULSe Student, Amy Funk, was awarded the Women in Science Travel Grant in 2013. Amy is also a member of the American Chemical Society. More...


Logan Ganzen

PULSe student, Logan Ganzen's current research involves utilizing the zebrafish model organism in order to discover and develop treatments for the disease Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). More...


Shana D. Hardy

PULSe graduate student, Shana Hardy's career objects may be slightly alternative to the typical life scientist. She would like to steer her career towards science policy. More...


Mariya Krisenko

PULSe Student, Mariya Krisenko's research project encompasses studying the role of Syk, a tyrosine kinase, in breast cancer. More...


Adriano Mendes



Jessica C. Page

PULSe student, Jessica Page's past research experiences at the University at Buffalo and Case Western Reserve University have not only prepared her for graduate research but have also provided her with the ability to acknowledge and appreciate what Purdue has to offer. More...


Brittany Peterson

PULSe Student, Brittany Peterson's research focused on the relationship between termites and their gut symbionts. Termites are an especially interesting study system because of their wood diet, social living, and complex symbiotic community. More...


Bikash Shakya

PULSe Student, Bikash Shaya, earned both BS and MS in Microbiology from Tribhuwan University, Nepal. He dreamed about building his scientific career in the field of parasite biology. More...


Matthew Therkelsen

PULSe student, Matthew Therkelsen stated that one of his favorite aspects of PULSe was the ability to rotate in many different labs across campus, which allowed him to find his research focus as well as make great connections with professors in different departments. More...


Sasha M. Vega Alvarez

PULSe Student, Sasha Vega-Alvarez, research is to increase efforts to prevent and treat traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are taking place, as their occurrence represents 30% of all injuries in recent military conflicts More...


Renee Wenig



Liang Xue

PULSe Student, Liang Xue, has experienced four different types of research, including bioinformatics, plant biology, biotechnology and structure biology. More...


Yi Yang


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