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Benjamin Woods
MGM Graduate Student

Box 3813 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710

Phone: (919) 613-8627
Fax: TBD

Benjamin Woods

Research Interest: Molecular genetics and epigenetics.

I graduated from Gettysburg College in southern Pennsylvania in 2008. While at Gettysburg College, I worked in the lab of Dr. Steven James studying targeted integration of gene-deletion constructs in the genetic model organism Aspergillus nidulans.  After college, I worked at the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research for two years in the labs of Dr. Anand Mehta and Dr. Thomas Russell optimizing liver cancer assays through glycoproteomics and novel, bead-based separation technology.

I joined the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology program at Duke University for the diverse research opportunities that I find interesting and the strong graduate student community. I rotated in the labs of Gregory Crawford and Georgia Tomaras, and ultimately joined Daniel Lew’s lab in 2011. Using genetics and light microscopy, I study how the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae establishes polarity.

I grew up in rural western New Jersey, near Lambertville. I am a fervent fan of the New York Giants and the New York Mets. In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis, wiffle ball, softball, hiking and skiing.

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