This summer Jack Vincent, Senior Lecturer in SIAS division of Sciences and Mathematics, advised a team of students on original research projects examining a critical feature of cellular replication. Biomedical sciences majors Huyen Dang, Chanel Estrada, Laci Glossen, Aaron Hobby, Marc Lariza, Miranda Makalena, and Angela Mitchell each took genetic approaches to better understand the function of kinetochores, a group of proteins that attach to DNA and ensure that cells receive the appropriate amount of DNA as they grow and divide.
They worked in collaboration with the lab of Dr. Sue Biggins, a principal investigator at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Biggins invited these UWT students to Fred Hutch to present their research at her weekly group meeting. “Our students did an amazing job,” Vincent said. “I’m so happy for them because they were very excited, but also very stressed, about the opportunity. They were well-prepared for their presentations and represented UWT perfectly. Sue and her group were really complimentary, and enthusiastic about continuing our collaboration.” Vincent plans to continue the project as part of a future TBIOMD 495 Biomedical Research Experiences course.
(Photo: Huyen Dang, Chanel Estrada, Laci Glossen, Aaron Hobby, Marc Lariza, Miranda Makalena, Angela Mitchell, and Jack Vincent at Fred Hutch Research Center in Seattle, WA)