My master’s research project is a 3D animation that uses analogies to explain cancer treatment options. The animation features a crab that serves as an engaging and relatable character. Most health communications are written at a level that is inaccessible to people with limited health literacy skills. My objective is to help people feel like they have enough knowledge to discuss cancer treatment options with their healthcare providers.
I have always been passionate about research having earned a Ph.D. and continued research training as a postdoctoral fellow in biomedical sciences. My postdoctoral research focused the regulation of a histone demethylase by an exportin protein. Typically exportins transport molecules from the nucleus to the cytoplasm. In this case, however, the exportin regulates the intranuclear localization of the histone demethylase transporting it from the nucleoplasm to the nucleolus. This change in intranuclear localization controls access of the histone demethylase to its histone substrates.
My Ph.D. thesis research identified centrin, a component of the centrosome, as substrate for the mitotic kinase aurora A. The centrosome or microtubule organizing center (MTOC) duplicates during cell cycle to help the duplicated genome divide equally into two daughter cells during mitosis. Aurora A phosphorylation of centrin leads to increased centrin protein stability, which can cause more than two centrosomes in a cell and genome missegregation.
It was through my research experiences that I realized my passion for communicating science. Biomedical communications allows me to combine my love of science and my passion for science communication.
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