Every day I walk into the lab, I am greeted with the smell of fresh baked bread. No, none of my lab-mates moonlight as bakers. We work with yeast. Specifically, my research lab studies autophagy in yeast. Autophagy (self-eating) is a process that involves the degradation and recycling of cellular materials. Autophagy is a normal regulatory process. It is also a survival process, increasing when resources are scarce. It is thought to play a role in a number of diseases-from cancer to Alzheimer’s. The Klionsky Lab is a part of the Life Sciences Institute-right here at the University of Michigan. I know that I want to pursue a PhD in Biochemistry, so when I found the Klionsky lab, I was immediately interested in the research being done. Their biochemistry-based research, combined with the welcoming culture of the group immediately made me want to join the lab. I am looking forward to learning many new scientific techniques, getting to know my lab-mates, and contributing valuable new data to the project!
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