I am a postdoctoral fellow in Gisela Storz's group at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. My research currently focuses on studying the regulatory characteristics of bacterial small RNAs in stress responses. Prior to joining the Storz group, I was a graduate student in Christina Smolke's group at Caltech.
I am interested in the regulatory capacity of RNA and how RNA can be exploited to program biological systems. RNA is capable of encoding diverse regulatory functions and is now known to be a critical regulator in all three domains of life. In examples ranging from riboswitches in bacteria to microRNAs in animals, regulatory RNAs orchestrate processes ranging from metabolism to development. However, our knowledge of the regulatory properties and roles played by these RNAs is still developing. In my research, I hope to better understand the natural utilization of RNA and translate insights into the programming of biological systems. By exploiting the natural utilization of RNA, I aim to implement RNA in ways already discovered and refined through evolution.
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