Investigation of a Cancer-Implicated Enzyme (Chemistry)

About the Project:

One way to control cancer cell growth is to inhibit its production of proteins. To this effect, understanding how ribosomes, the cellular machinery responsible for protein synthesis in all cells, are properly assembled is a current research interest. First-Year Research Associates will work directly with Dr. Young-Erdos and her team of students to use biochemistry and molecular biology approaches to investigate an essential enzyme in the ribosome assembly pathway. In addition to helping with experimental design, collection of results, and data analysis, students will also gain experience with Baker’s yeast, the organism used for baking bread and brewing beer that is regularly used as a model system.

Dr. Crystal Young-Erdos is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and teaches the general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry curriculum here at Eckerd College. She received her B.A. in Chemistry from Washington & Jefferson College and her Ph.D. in Chemistry (focus on Chemical Biology) from the University of Michigan. Dr. Young-Erdos’s primary research interests include elucidating the molecular roles of key players in the ribosome assembly pathway.

The First-Year Research Associate Program at Eckerd College honors academically outstanding students with awards of up to $1,000. The program also provides the opportunity, during the freshman year, for the award winners to work closely with a sponsor (faculty or administrative personnel) on a project of mutual interest. Associates might assist with research for faculty publication or new courses, conduct scientific experiments, work with creative artists, or develop projects related to any phase of the academic, cultural, and social life of the college. Scholars are selected on the basis of achievement in high school and on the creativity and depth of responses to items on this application.​

Online submission due no later than February 1, 2019.
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