(summer 2007, 2008)
I am a freshman at Rice University where I am studying Biochemistry and Cell Biology. My interests include piano, painting, medieval history, and tennis. I have worked as a church pianist for the last four years. I’m also working on an outreach project with Dr. James Tour that puts information from science textbooks into songs and games for children to make the material more accessible.
I first worked in the Devarenne lab as an A&M Consolidated High School junior in the summer of 2007 on cloning a botryococcene methyltransferase (BMT) candidate gene from B. braunii. Botryococcene methyltransferase is the enzyme involved in the biosynthesis of B. braunii botryococcenes, a green alga that is a potential renewable energy source due to its ability to produce liquid hydrocarbons. I returned to the lab in the summer of 2008 after my senior year of high school, helping with a project that deals with the interaction of the SnRK (Sucrose-Non-Fermenting Related Kinase) complex in tomato and the protein Adi3.