Research Department: Dermatology/Integrative Biology
Graduation Date: May 2018
Abstract: This project explores the role of transcription factor Krox20 in skin epithelium and hair follicle development. Knockout of the stem cell factor (Scf) in Krox20 cells has been previously associated with hair graying and loss of hair pigmentation in black-haired mice. In this project, we employed three different Krox20 knockout mouse models to analyze the role of Krox20 in skin and hair follicle differentiation.
What does research mean to you?
As undergraduates, the opportunity to do research allows us to learn about research design, lab techniques, instrumental analysis, the troubleshooting process, and effective presentation skills. Research experience can reveal if research will play a role in our careers down the line. The Green Fellowship gave me an opportunity to fully immerse myself in the lab and dedicate my time to one investigation. The experience was challenging and very different from doing research in an undergraduate setting.
Tell us about your journey.
The Green Fellowship was an incredible learning experience. When I began, I knew close to nothing about biology lab techniques.