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I am recent graduate of LMU with my B.S. in biology. Most recently I was working on the Lactase Persistence project under Dr. Kam Dahlquist.

Hobbies and Career Interests

Elizabeth Haugan
  • I was born and raised in Orange County, California. My hobbies include video games, playing music, reading, watching sunsets, and cuddling with my dog. I also have a sweet tooth and love trying new desserts!
  • I am interested in working in genomics research, specifically in areas of biotechnology and genetic engineering. I plan on pursuing graduate education after gaining more experience in my field and narrowing down my areas of interest.


Undergraduate Education

  • Biology Major (Bachelors of Science) at Loyola Marymount University, Class of 2022

Course Experience

I have taken the following upper division biology courses at LMU:

  • Cell Biology Laboratory
  • Genetics Laboratory
  • General Microbiology Laboratory
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • General Microbiology
  • SS: Coastal Ecology
  • Urban Ecology
  • World Vegetation Ecology
  • Marine Biology (Field Lab)
  • Marine Conservation Biology
  • Embryology
  • Issues in Biotech Seminar

Research Experience

Lyon Lab

In April and May of 2017, I interned in the lab of David Lyon in the UCI Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, studying the organization and function of the visual system in the mammalian visual cortex. My responsibilities included cutting and mounting cryopreserved rodent brain section, and subsequently identifying and recording positions of GFP-encoding virus-marked neurons with fluorescent microscopy and the Neurocladia software. I was also able to observe and study rodent perfusions as well as virus injections and associated surgeries.

Learn more about the Lyon Lab :

Fly-CURE Consortium

During the Fall 2021 semester at LMU, I participated in the nationwide Fly-CURE consortium as a part of my upper division Genetics Laboratory course. This program was developed by Dr. Kagey of University of Detroit Mercy in order to identify and map a number of different mutations involved in growth control in Drosophila melanogaster. This work involved complementation crossing, PCR and associated primer design, DNA purification, and general fly handling.

Learn more about the Fly-CURE program:

Lactase Persistence

From Fall 2021 until my graduation in May of 2022, I was an undergraduate research assistant in the Lab of LMU Biology Department Chair Dr. Kam Dahlquist, assisting in her research on the genetic origins and frequency of lactase persistence. My responsibilities included DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA purification, and genotyping digests.

Previous sampling was performed with cheek lysates, but this protocol was changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022 our lab received IRB approval to instead take hair samples for genotyping on a volunteer basis. If you are an LMU student interested in volunteering, please contact Dr. Dahlquist or a current member of her lab.

Learn more about the Lactase Persistence Project:

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