Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Yuxiao Yu

Modeling the functions of the gene, DYRK1A, using Xenopus Tropicalis

Autism spectrum disorder has a strong genetic basis. My research contributes to understanding the functions of the genes that are highly associated with autism. Main techniques employed include cloning, CRIPSR-Cas9 system to introduce gene mutation, phenotypical analysis using immunofluorescence and in situ hybridization.

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This research exposed me to the genetics of autism, a widely-concerned disorder. I was able to contribute a little towards our understanding of such disorder. Meanwhile, it has been an extremely rewarding experience to confirm my passion for genetics and performing hands-on experiments.
Major: Molecular & Cell Biology
Mentor: Richard Harland, Molecular & Cell Biology
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