My name is Rory Mather and I’m a current Junior studying in Biology: Neuroscience and Electrical engineering. In my project with Debbie Brock, we study what genetic factors inside the Burkholderia bacteria’s genome allow it to enter a symbiotic relationship with the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. We are developing methods to perform transposon mutagenesis on the Burkholderia genome in hopes of isolating the gene responsible for this relationship. My current plans after graduation is to pursue an MD/PhD program, but working with Joan and Dave maybe I’ll switch to a PhD program in ecology and evolutionary biology. The world is my oyster.
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