Letitia Thompson

My name is Letitia Thompson and I am from Browns Mills, NJ. I went to Pemberton Township High School in Pemberton, N.J. I have always been interested in science, but I realized I really like Biology during my sophomore year in high school. My experience in the Gateway to Graduate School in Biology program here at The College of New Jersey has been an informative experience. For each lab that I shadowed I was able to learn new things, especially about the model organisms and what the professors were interested in finding.As a freshman in college, I was able to have close interactions in the labs and gain first-year experience that I normally would not have received. As a sophomore, I was able to join Dr.Norvell's lab. Her model organism is Drosophila melanogaster. During this semester, I will investigate the role of the Klar protein in the proper development of the Drosophila melanogaster oocyte. During other processes in the flies, Klar functions in the regulation of molecular motors. There are multiple Klar protein isoforms, that are derived through alternative splicing of the klar transcript. To study Klar’s role in oogenesis, I will analyze oocytes from females carrying mutations in the klar gene, as well as those from females over expressing different Klar protein isoforms.

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