A little over two years ago I was accepted into Berkeley’s up-and-coming CRSB summer fellowship program. I showed up to the Rio and Hammond lab eager to learn and ready to research. I immersed myself in the science, made lifelong friends, and left with fond memories of my experiences. Now two years later, I am a first year MCB graduate student at Berkeley. Starting my first rotation once again in Don Rio’s lab, I have begun this time working on an applied project: enacting sequence-specific manipulation of alternative splicing. Through this work, we aim to generate a robust tool we can use to probe and understand the vast intricacies of RNA splicing. Although a challenging and somewhat risky project, I find myself excited every day to see the results of my experiments.

During my time at Berkeley, I have been able to interact with a wide array of talented scientists and I have become interested in RNA regulatory mechanisms that include RNA splicing, RNA degradation, and RNA translation control. As I embark on the daunting journey that is graduate school, I find myself thankful for the staff and scientists in the CRSB program that have supported me and mentored me from my naive undergraduate years to present day. Specifically, I would like to thank Don Rio, Ming Hammond, Jamie Cate, and Yeon Lee whose collective mentorship has left me excited to make my mark in science.