Gilberto Padilla Mercado
Originally from Long Beach, California I received my Bachelors of Science in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles. During my undergraduate career I did research in the Tracy Johnson lab, which focuses on gene regulation in the context of RNA processing and chromatin modification in S. cerevisiae. My project focused on the role of the nuclear RNA cap-binding complex in splicing and export of a glycolytic regulator gene.
I chose the MGM program at Duke for my graduate studies because of the diverse research topics and a collaborative environment and structure to the department that I find makes for a great place to do science. Additionally, faculty at Duke studying host and pathogen factors that contribute to infection align well with my current research interests in host-pathogen interactions and regulatory mechanisms in the progression of disease.
Outside of lab I enjoy working out, making simple digital illustrations, and playing or listening to music. I also like reading or watching stories in the science and historical fiction genres.