Undergraduate Research Spotlight
Student: Sophia, Class of 2022, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr.Jennifer Shepherd
Research Title: "Localizing RquA in H2 R. rubrum with a GFP Tag"
Student: Sophia, Class of 2022, Biology Major
Abstract: Rhodoquinone (RQ) is an electron carrier that participates in the anaerobic metabolic pathways of some bacteria and eukaryotic organisms. Due to its significance in cellular metabolism, understanding the biosynthesis and role of RQ may precede the development of novel anti-parasitic and anti-microbial drugs. In some bacteria and protists, RquA is an essential enzyme that converts ubiquinone (UQ) to RQ. It has been previously shown that RquA tagged with a green fluorescent protein (GFP) is localized in the mitochondria of W303 yeast cells. Seeking to further characterize the RquA protein in its native specimen, Rhodospirillum rubrum, the RquA protein was tagged with the GFP protein. By performing a biparental conjugation, the pPUCTerm_GFP_RquA plasmid was transferred to H2 R. rubrum for expression of GFP-RquA. This fusion protein will be expressed and localized in cells using super resolution confocal microscopy.
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Best Poster Award
Congratulations to Cassidy, who won the Best Poster in Biochemistry award at the 2021 Murdock College Science Research Conference!
Student: Cassidy, Class of 2022, Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shannen Cravens
Research Title: "Investigating the Effects of Uracil Damage on Dz8-17’s Therapeutic Potential "
Welcome to CURCI
The College of Arts & Sciences launched the Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (CURCI) in 2016 in order to promote, publicize, facilitate, and celebrate the transformative educational experiences that occur through student-faculty collaborations.
CURCI’s mission aims to animate Ignatian inquiry and student transformation in the context of undergraduate scholarly and creative works. We accomplish this by funding projects and presentations, which create student experiences that amplify their self-awareness today so that they may be Ignatian leaders tomorrow. Specifically, CURCI administers funds as well as supports fundraising for projects and presentations, while also capturing the student impact from those projects and presentations. Support for undergraduate scholarly and creative works comes in the form of Morris Undergraduate Research Fellowships, the Killen Scholars Program, Jesuit Mission Fellowships, CURCI Fellowships or Research Assistantships, as well as long-standing programs within the Natural Sciences – notably the Gonzaga Science Research Program. Opportunities for the presentation of undergraduate scholarly and creative works can be found through the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference, CAS Undergraduate Research Showcase, Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series, and CAS Conference Awards.
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