mcbUSA members actively engage in and contribute to Berkeley’s greater research environment. Read about some of the groundbreaking research our budding scientists have been working/worked on!
Chemical Biology | Keasling Lab
I currently work on the metabolic engineering of bacteria, which is essentially biologically modifying existing metabolic pathways in microbes in order for it to produce more of a desired compound.
Research fun fact: Just like us, different types of bacteria like different growth environments!
Iris Wu (Alumni, Former Co-President)
MCB (Neurobiology), Mathematics | Dillin Lab
In the Dillin lab, I studied how the health and function of the mitochondria affects organismal health during stress and aging. Under mitochondrial stress, the master stress signal, ATFS-1, serves to promote mitochondrial quality. We found that ATFS-1 signaling can be hijacked and hyper-activated to promote longevity. I researched novel mechanisms to promote mitochondrial quality, which has direct implications in human mitochondria-mediated diseases, such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
Research fun fact: C. elegans eggs hatch inside of their parent’s body, poke a hole on the skin, and get out to survive when their parents are dying :’(
MCB (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) | Nomura Lab
My grad student and I actually work on a few different projects! They all center around the use of chemoproteomic platforms and techniques (covalent ligand screening and activity-based protein profiling) to discover druggable hotspots on proteins that have historically been considered “undruggable”.
Research fun fact: My lab is the cutest! One of our traditions is to give Valentine’s grams with little treats and goodies to one another on Valentine’s Day.
MCB (Genetics, Genomics, and Development), Toxicology | Schekman Lab
I investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying RNA packaging and sorting into exosomes.
Research fun fact: I love working with RNA!