Gabriela Alvarez Azanedo
MS Candidate, Cell & Molecular Biology, Center for Cellular Construction Scholar
Gabriela's project aims are to optimize the use of budding yeast as cellular factories, to understand how vacuolar size affects the quantity of chemical products are stored within them, and to engineer these organelles to manufacture compounds in larger scales. She aspires to earn an M.D./Ph.D. degree, then to explore the molecular mechanisms underlying autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, to propose possible therapies to reconstitute degenerated parts of the body including joints and muscle.
MS Candidate, Cell & Molecular Biology, RISE Scholar
Ryan’s current project is looking into the impacts of toxic metals on the structure and function of organelles in budding yeast. He uses the vacuole as a model to analyze changes in vacuole copy number, vacuole size, metabolism, and how these changes impact the creation of new cells. After he completes his Master’s degree, he strives to achieve his Ph.D.
Maura de Jesus
Undergrad, Biology, Genentech Foundation Scholar
Maura’s project focuses on the study of size and localization of vacuoles in fission yeast as they proceed through cell division. Her project will lead to a better understanding of the cell cycle and cellular stress responses, which can lead to changes in vacuole morphology such as fusion and fission. With further analysis she expects to find that glucose starvation leads to fusion and clustering of the vacuoles as a stress response.