Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Matthew Huh

MicroRNA Regulation of Plant Innate Immunity

My research in the Baker lab works to further understand the molecular-genetic mechanisms of plant innate immunity. Specifically, our lab looks to analyze plant microRNAs and small interfering RNAs which allow plants to regulate development, genome function, and immune response. This semester, I have been utilizing bioinformatic procedures to download and format RNA sequences from other genomic databases in NCBI and analyze them using software like NCBI’s BLAST and SnapGene. Through this analysis, we were able to observe how conserved certain genes were across different plant species. This summer, I look forward to continuing to help develop our lab’s SOMART databases and hopefully get experience in an in-person lab environment.

Message To Sponsor

Thank you so much for your generous donation. This summer, I was able to learn from and become much closer to my research PI and I'm really grateful to be able to have this opportunity. Being able to finally do some research in person was a great experience and it definitely makes me want to continue learning about this research. Thanks so much for the opportunity!
Major: Molecular & Cell Biology and Data Science
Mentor: Barbara Baker, Plant & Microbial Biology
Sponsor: Shin-Morgan
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