Erika Hughes

Erika HughesUPGG Graduate Student (2017)
Tobin Lab Members
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Research Interest: Genetics, Cell Bio, Immunology, Host Pathogen Interactions

I grew up in Wayne, NJ and was happy to move to Ithaca, NY for my undergraduate studies at Ithaca College in Biochemistry. During that time, I studied with Peter Melcher looking at the role of anthocyanin production in senescent leaves of deciduous trees.

After graduation, I joined the lab of Eric Richards at Boyce Thompson Institute where the lab studies epigenetic mechanisms and functions of nuclear maintenance as they relate to gene expression and genetic integrity using the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana. In addition to my independent research projects, I participated in other aspects of science communication and education by mentoring Cornell undergrads, working directly with NYS middle and high school teachers, and organizing social and scientific events to engage researchers and support staff at the institute.

I moved to Durham, NC and joined Duke’s Genetics and Genomics graduate program to continue scientific research (here in David Tobin’s lab) in mycobacterial infection using zebrafish as a model. In order to fulfill my interest in science outreach, I like to volunteer my time at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.