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Carolyn Egekeze

A picture of me near Pier 39 in San Francisco,CA
Carolyn Egekeze


I am currently earning my major in Biology, and I also am earning a minor in Biochemistry. I am expected to graduate in May 2020.


Lecture Courses

I have taken the following upper-division lecture courses: molecular biology, biochemistry, advanced biochemistry, general physiology, general physics, plant development, toxicology, principles of evolution, principles of ecology, embryology, and general microbiology.

Lab Courses

I have taken or am in the following upper-division lab courses: plant development, general physiology, principles of ecology, and bioinformatics.

Career Interests and Goals

A copy of my CV can be found here: Carolyn's CV

Post-Baccalaureate Career Plans

Currently, I hope to work as a research assistant or lab technician after I graduate. I hope to join a work environment that would allow me to contribute meaningfully to the aims of the research being done. In addition, I desire a work experience that will allow me to develop my research skills by working on an independent project within the lab, participating in experimental design and data analysis, and having the ability to present or publish my work if the opportunity arises. In addition, having a long-term, full-time research experience will allow me to discern whether a career as a researcher is truly right for me.

Professional and Doctoral Career Plans

After graduation, I do plan to continue my education by earning an MD/PhD or an MD degree. Thanks to my educational and research experiences, I have grown to develop an interest in both research and medicine. A career as a physician-scientist would allow me to combine my clinical and research interests. Ideally, I would engage in work that would allow me to care for my patients while uncovering new knowledge that can lead to improved treatment and cures for ailments that affect many people today, such as cancer and autoimmune diseases.

Long-Term Career Plans

Ultimately, my hope is to work within the healthcare field and use my talents to improve the lives of others. If I am fortunate enough to attain my educational goals, I hope to be a mentor to young students, especially those from backgrounds not represented in science. In addition, I hope to use my knowledge and research to help find solutions to whatever healthcare policy issues may exist in the coming decades and promote science education.

Research Experience and Interests

Projects (most current listed first)

  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis: Investigating Spacer-Length and Effects of RNA Stem-loop Thermodynamic Stability on Frameshifting Efficiency in HTLV-1 (working title)
    • Location: Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA
    • Advisor: Dr. Katie Mouzakis
    • Dates: January 2019 - Present
  • RNA Bioscience Initiative Summer Undergraduate Intern
    • Location: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO
    • Mentor: Dr. Beth Tamburini
    • Dates: June 2019 - August 2019
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Center for Urban Resilience (CURes)
    • Location: Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA
    • Mentor: Dr. Peter Auger
    • Dates: February 2017 - June 2017

Presentations (starting with most recent)

  1. Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research, San Marcos, CA. Determining how Stem-loop Structure Thermodynamic Stability Influences Frameshifting Efficiency at the HTLV-1 gag-pro Frameshift Site, November 2019. Poster Presentation.
  2. RNA Bioscience Institute Summer Internship Program, Aurora, CO. Evaluating DUSP1 mRNA in Cancer Cells to Determine the Influence of PD-L1 and STAT3, August 2019. Oral Presentation.
  3. Eleventh Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Los Angeles, CA. Determination of the Relationship Between Thermodynamic RNA Stem-Loop Stability and Frameshift Efficiency, March 2019. Poster Presentation.
  4. Ninth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Los Angeles, CA.Potential Impacts of Artificial Feeders on Hummingbird Behavior, March 2017. Poster Presentation.

Skills and Interests

Research Skills

My research skills include the following: DNA cloning, DNA digestion, DNA purification, in-vitro RNA transcription, PCR, RNA extraction (with phenol/chloroform), RNA purification, agarose gel electrophoresis.

Research Interests

My research interests include biomedical research, virology, immunology, oncology/cancer, RNA, and genetics. I am also interested in the development of precision medicine.

Work Experience

  1. Teaching Assistant for General Biology Lab I and II
    • Employer: LMU Biology Department in Los Angeles, CA
    • Dates: August 2019 - Present
    • Responsibilities: Creating weekly lesson plan, directing a weekly lab section (nearly 4-hours long) to help students learn basic biology lab techniques, grading exams and homework assignments assigned by the course instructor
  2. Teaching Assistant for Genetics
    • Employer: LMU Biology Department in Los Angeles, CA
    • Dates: January 2019 – May 2019
    • Responsibilities: holding weekly office hours for 2-hours to assist students with genetics homework and preparing for exams, grading homework assignments and exams as directed by the course instructor
  3. Student Support Specialist
    • Employer: LMU Campus Awareness Resource Education Services (LMU CARES) in Los Angeles, CA
    • Dates: March 2017 – June 2019
    • Responsibilities: Raised awareness of and encouraged student participation in activities for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and both the 2017 and 2018 ASLMU Elections; supported staff in daily office tasks, such as updating spreadsheets, greeting visitors, answering phone calls from students and staff, and sending and responding to emails

Personal Interests

Outside of school, I enjoy volunteering through my service organization, Ignatians, and other service clubs on campus. I also serve as the current Senator for Seaver College of Science and Engineering in ASLMU. I love going to coffee shops to try different coffee creations and traveling with my friends and family. My favorite video game is The Sims 4. Finally, I'm often looking for new music on Spotify or spending time at the library hunting for a good read.


My favorite aspect of biology is the fact that the field is so diverse and easily integrated with other fields. My favorite topics in biology include molecular biology, genetics, and physiology because I think it is fascinating how activities that are happening on the molecular or genomic level can lead to changes in an entire organism. In addition, biology enables me to learn about the diversity of life on Earth and prompts me to think about how processes observed in other organisms relate or differ from processes observed in humans.

Computer Science

My favorite aspect of computer science is how the field has developed so quickly and has made things that were once considered to be difficult or impossible, things that are now easy to do. I think the fact that developments in computer science have enabled fields like computational biology to be possible is also really awesome. Programming is a skill that I would like to learn because then I can use that skill to develop tools that may help me with the problems I face in my biology research or create biological models that can guide how I conduct an experiment or develop a project.

User Page and Template Links

Individual Journal Pages

  1. Carolyne week 2
  2. Carolyne week 3
  3. Carolyne week 4
  4. Carolyne week 5
  5. Carolyne week 6
  6. Carolyne week 8
  7. Carolyne week 9
  8. Carolyne week 10
  9. Carolyne week 11
  10. Carolyne week 13
  11. Carolyne week 14

Weekly Assignments

  1. BIOL368/S20:Week 1
  2. BIOL368/S20:Week 2
  3. BIOL368/S20:Week 3
  4. BIOL368/S20:Week 4
  5. BIOL368/S20:Week 5
  6. BIOL368/S20:Week 6
  7. BIOL368/S20:Week 8
  8. BIOL368/S20:Week 9
  9. BIOL368/S20:Week 10
  10. BIOL368/S20:Week 11
  11. BIOL368/S20:Week 13
  12. BIOL368/S20:Week 14

Class Journal Pages

  1. BIOL368/S20:Class Journal Week 1
  2. BIOL368/S20:Class Journal Week 2
  3. BIOL368/S20:Class Journal Week 3
  4. BIOL368/S20:Class Journal Week 4
  5. BIOL368/S20:Class Journal Week 5
  6. BIOL368/S20:Class Journal Week 6
  7. BIOL368/S20:Class Journal Week 8
  8. BIOL368/S20:Class Journal Week 9
  9. BIOL368/S20:Class Journal Week 10
  10. BIOL368/S20:Class Journal Week 11
  11. BIOL368/S20:Class Journal Week 13
  12. BIOL368/S20:Class Journal Week 14


My homework partner, Annika, helped me over text so that I could figure out how to upload my resume. We texted one time. To create my userpage, I copied the protocol found on the Week 1 assignment page, then modified it to display my content. The syntax for embedding my picture was copied and modified from the picture help guide on Wikipedia. The syntax for bolding and italicizing phrases was copied and modified from MediaWiki. Except for what is noted above, this individual journal entry was completed by me and not copied from another source. Carolyne (talk) 21:57, 22 January 2020 (PST)


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