Student Profiles


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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...


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Carlos A. Brito-Sierra

PULSe student, Carlos Brito-Sierra, is doing research on mosquito-borne diseases (MBD) such as Dengue, Yellow Fever, Zika or West Nile, which are caused by the infection of viruses from the genus Flavivirus. More...


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Rachel Foguth

PULSe student, Rachel Foguth, focuses on gene-environment interactions leading to Parkinson's Diseases. In these cases a genetic component would make a person more prone to the disease, and an environmental exposure tips the scale, leading to disease onset. More...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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Veronica Heintz

PULSe student, Veronica Heintz, is doing research to identify virus-human protein-protein interactions (PPIs) in viruses such as Ebola and Zika. Her goal is to establish a deeper understanding of interactions that occur between human and viral proteins during viral infection. More...


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Ethan Hillman

PULSe student, Ethan Hillman, researches an understudied group of fungi called the Neocallimastigomycota, which live in the highly competitive intestinal tract of large herbivorous animals. His research can be used to improve antibiotics and develop new strategies to fight potentially deadly infections. More...


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Kathryn Jacobson

PULSe student, Kathryn Jacobson, focuses on determining the protein abundance, maturation, and dynamics of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins as a function of development in the mouse musculoskeletal system. Ultimately, her goal is to reveal important changes in the matrisome during development and provide tissue engineers with directed criteria to design scaffolds that fully restore damaged tissues. More...


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Mariya Krisenko

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


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Adriano Mendes

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Paola Cristina Montenegro Larrea

PULSe student, Paola Cristina Montenegro Larrea, does research on Parkingson's Disease. Her results yield insights into the molecular basis for the neurotoxicity of A53E, mutant form of alpha-synuclein, and shed light on a potential role for membrane-induced alpha-synuclein aggregation in PD pathogenesis in vivo, thus setting the stage for developing therapies to slow neurodegeneration in the brains of PD patients. More...


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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...


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Alexandr Pak

PULSe student, Alexandr Pak, focuses on neural circuits underlying visual information processing and plasticity/learning. He is interested in determining how experience influences brain circuits and shapes our perception. More...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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Nicole Vike

PULSe student, Nicole Vike, uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate novel biomarkers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and to understand the predictability of metabolic changes using data from sensors that detect linear and angular head acceleration events during contact sports practice and competition. More...


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Renee Wenig

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Liang Xue

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


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Ravi Yadav

PULSe student, Ravi Yadav, investigates the iron import and antimicrobial peptide protection functions of the lactoferrin binding protein (Lbp) system. His research will provide structural basis of the Lbp system’s role in Neisserial pathogenesis and pave the way for understanding the molecular mechanism of these functions. More...


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Yi Yang

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