Link/ Genetic Architecture of Variation in the Lateral Line Sensory System of Threespine Sticklebacks

By Lam-Ha Dang, APIASF/GMS Scholar

From the summer after high school to winter 2011, I had the privilege of working in the genetics lab of Dr. Catherine Peichel at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. I started out as a student helper responsible for maintaining our research specimen, stickleback fish. I was given the opportunity to work on a project with Dr. Abigail Wark, Margaret Mills, as well as other researchers, investigating the underlying genetics of sensory systems and adaptive evolution using threespine stickleback as the model system. Specifically, I collected data on the variation in groove morphology and skeletal and plate characteristics. I also assisted in other various other aspects of the project. This work culminated in a journal publication this September 2012 in G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics.

I’m thankful for my time in Dr. Peichel’s lab, the science and skills I’ve learned, and the relationships I’ve developed here.To be published as an undergraduate is a wonderful way to cap off my college experience and an achievement that I’ll always be very proud of.

Lam-Ha is 2008 GMS Scholar who, in August 2012, graduated from the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. At UW, she earned a BS in Bioengineering and minor in Math but has broad interests in medicine, global health, philanthropy, and education. She is also an avid traveler, developing photographer, consumer of all forms of media, and loves a really good cup of coffee in the morning.

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