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Nicholas Homa
MGM Graduate Student

426 CARL Building
Box 3054 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710

Phone: 919.668.3123
Fax: 919.681.8979


Nicholas Homa

Research Interests: Microbiology and the molecular biology of genetics of viruses

I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010, where I spent two and a half years doing research in an X-ray crystallography lab, primarily focusing on mycobacteriophage proteins under Dr. Andrew VanDemark. During my time there, I was able to solve the structure of an Xis protein that is involved in the integration and excision of the phage genome into and out of the host chromosome during lysogenic infection. I came to Duke and joined MGM to continue to involve myself in the biology of microbes to be able to better understand human disease and potentially help develop cures and treatments for them.

I have lived in many different places throughout my life, mostly in the Northeast, but I primarily grew up north of Philadelphia in Allentown, PA. I am an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles and will watch any game when possible. I am a big sports fan and spent my entire life playing sports, so my hobbies include many physical activities, including baseball and Jiu-jitsu.

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