Thyroid hormone acts on cells via the thyroid hormone receptor, which must localize to the nucleus to work properly. I will be studying how the receptor moves in and out of the nucleus by binding to molecules called importins and exportins.
This fellowship is very important for me to work on my project. The money that goes directly to my project will be very helpful in allowing me to get materials for my research, and this fellowship also allows me to focus fully on my research this summer.
Hometown: Plainsboro, NJ
Future Plans: I would like attend graduate school studying molecular biology after I graduate.
Hobbies: Outside of school, I enjoy reading, as well as watching movies and hanging out with friends. I also enjoy cooking.
Fun Fact: I like swing dance, though I’m not very good at it. I’m also trying to learn German and Italian this summer.
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