Graduate Student Spotlight | Department of Biological Sciences

Graduate Student Spotlight

Chipo entered UNT as an undergrad in Fall 2010 and graduated with her Bachelor in Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Biology. After a period of working in the healthcare system as a Certified Nurse Assistant, she returned to UNT and was accepted into the Masters graduate student program Fall of 2016. "I returned to school to focus on my career goals and to increase my education". Her keen interest in studying genetics led her to Dr. Pamela Padilla, at which now Chipo analyzes varying phenotypes in the nematode model, C. elegans through numerous genetic approaches. Using RNA interference and through the CRISPR cas9 system, Chipo is examining the phenotypic relationship of the cisd gene family relative to mitochondrial function in C. elegans. Through her experiences as a genetic teaching assistant, working with the UNT Elm Fork C. elegans viewing station and presenting her passion of education at the 2017 SACNAS national conference, Chipo has been able to foster her passion in education. After graduation, Chipo will purse a career in biology education with a concentration in genetics and seeks to teach at the community college level.

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