I first came to the Quarmby Lab as a volunteer in the summer of 2009. I did both my BISC 498 and ISS research projects on the Chlamydomonas Katanin homologs KAT1 and KAT2. The Katanin proteins are part of the superfamily of AAA microtubule severing enzymes which are believed to sever the 9 outer doublet microtubules of the flagellar axoneme during deflagellation. Currently I am working on identifying the acid deflagellation gene ADF1. The Quarmby lab previously identified six mutant alleles of ADF1 which prevent deflagellation upon addition of a weak acid by inhibiting extracellular calcium influx, a requirement for deflagellation. For my thesis not only will I try to identify the ADF1 gene but also begin to characterize the adf1 mutant alleles.
I am originally from Honduras a small country in Central America, I moved to Canada with my mother and sister when I was 8 years old. My future goals are to continue in research and become a doctor. I like to watch movies, spend time with friends and cheer on the Vancouver Canucks whenever I can.