Each year, the program offers a small number of stipends to allow some URAP apprentices to continue work on their mentors' research projects over the summer. To be eligible, students must have been working with the same mentor for at least two semesters. Mentors nominate their students. These stipends are generously supported by a number of private donors.

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Modeling the functions of the gene, DYRK1A, using Xenopus Tropicalis

Summer 2017

Yuxiao Yu : Molecular & Cell Biology

Mentor: Richard Harland, Molecular & Cell Biology

Autism spectrum disorder has a strong genetic basis. My research contributes to understanding the functions of the genes that are highly associated with autism. Main techniques employed include cloning, CRIPSR-Cas9 system to introduce gene mutation, phenotypical analysis using immunofluorescence and in situ hybridization.  



Message to Sponsor:

This research exposed me to the genetics of autism, a widely-concerned disorder. I was able to contribute a little towards our understanding of such disorder. Meanwhile, it has been an extremely rewarding experience to confirm my passion for genetics and performing hands-on experiments.