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Research Technician II
312 CARL Building
Box 3546 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710
I am originally from Minnesota, growing up Rochester, MN and attending college in Minneapolis, MN. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's of Science in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development and a minor in Animal Science. My love for science started in a biotechnology class, and from there, I pursued more molecular genetics based courses. During my time at the U of M, I worked in two different molecular biology labs. The first was with the Department of Animal Science where I aimed to express the human APOBEC system in an avian cell line. The second was with the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development where I studied the flexibility of kinetochores and centromeres in the model organism Candida albicans, a human fungal pathogen. Additionally, I looked at the relationship between monopolin and condensin, and how monopolin works to organize highly repetitive regions of the genome. My general research interests include genome organization and how genomes evolve in response to stress.
Outside of the lab I spend my time cooking, traveling and spending time with friends and family!
Laura S Burrack, Shelly E Applen and Judith Berman. The requirement for the Dam1 complex is dependent upon the number of kinetochore proteins and microtubules. Current Biology 21(10):889-896, 2011.
Laura S Burrack, Shelly E Applen Clancey, Jeremy M Chacon, Melissa K Gardner and Judith Berman. Monopolin recruits condensin to organize centromere DNA and repetitive DNA sequences. Mol Bio Cell In Press doi:10.1091, 2013.
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