Research Mentor: Dr. Nancy M. Hollingsworth
Nancy M. Hollingsworth
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Stony Brook University
Dr. Hollingsworth is examining how homologous chromosomes are able to pair, recombine and segregate properly during meiosis. This is a fundamental problem in biology for all sexually reproducing organisms. Chromosome synapsis, recombination and segregation must all occur properly during meiosis in order to generate chromosomally balanced gametes. She is studying meiosis in the model yeast system, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, where genetic, cytological and biochemical approaches are feasible. Her focus is on identifying genes that promote segregation of homologous chromosomes by facilitating the formation of crossovers.
Why I chose to join IRACDA NY-CAPS
Science education needs people to teach others who really understand how to do science. The IRACDA NY-CAPS program is a great way for young scientists to learn how to integrate bench research with classroom teaching.
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