John D. Hurley, Rotation Student

Greetings, I am a first-year Ph.D. student within the Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology program, studying within the Cell Track. Currently, I am rotating with Dr. Guy Nir, using imaging to examine the physical shapes and structures taken by cancerous chromosomes and how these structures correlate to the regulation of transcription.

Before joining the UTMB family, I completed my Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Huntington, WV at Marshall University, where I contributed to research with Dr. Piyali Dasgupta, Dr. Maria Serrat, and Dr. Jiang Tian labs. My experiences have been diverse, from utilizing nutritional compounds as an additive to cancer therapy, exploring the effects of a high-fat diet on bone development in mice, and exploring cell signaling associated with the sodium-potassium ATPase. My goal for pursuing a Ph.D. is to develop and learn to apply computational skills in solving biological questions and how to best use these findings when exploring a traditional ‘wet lab’ environment. Outside of the classroom and lab, I have always loved music, both instrumental and vocal, and have been a part of several musical and opera ensembles throughout my life and hope to continue that passion here in Galveston.

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