BARBEAU, MICHELLEName: Michelle Barbeau
Title of Project:
Receptor Gone Rogue: Investigating Localization of a Cancerous Thyroid Hormone Receptor
Advisor: Liz Allison
Honors Department: Biology

I am exploring how a mutation in a thyroid hormone receptor (a protein in charge of the cellular response to thyroid hormone) affects its location and movement within the cell. This mutant thyroid hormone receptor is implicated in a type of liver cancer, so understanding all of the differences between the mutant and the normal receptor is important for understanding and treating the cancer.

Hometown: Vienna, Virginia
Hobbies: I enjoy running, hiking, biking, reading, and watching YouTube.
Fun Fact: I have a broken-off bone fragment in one of my fingers from the mighty shoe of a seven-year-old.

 

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