NAME: Gabrielle Webb
YEAR OF STUDY: Junior
MENTOR(S): Dr. Bethtrice Elliot, Dr. Shafiq Khan
DEPARTMENT(S): Department of Biological Sciences, Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development, Clark-Atlanta University
SOURCE(S) OF TRAINING SUPPORT: NIH RISE Program
Spelman Honors Program, Spelman Dean’s Scholarship, Spelman Dean’s List, Spelman General Chemistry
tutor at the Chemistry Learning Center, ACS Chapter Vice-President, Continuum Undergraduate Research Journal Review Team Leader,
CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES:
I currently work to understand the molecular differences of the transformation growth factor beta (TGFß)
expression in African-American prostate cancer samples and white prostate cancer samples.
OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCES:
I have had multiple research experiences in the past 2 years of being at Spelman. The summer of 2015, I did exploratory genetic work to understand how glia cell mutations lead to developmental problems in Drosophila larvae. During the school years of 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, I utilized computational methods to explore the decomposition pathways of estrone, a known endocrine disruptor. The summer of 2016, I went to the University of Michigan to solve the structure of a fungal derivative whose promiscuous halogenating function could be used in synthesis. The summer of 2017 I worked at Genentech in South San Francisco in the Department of Biochemical and Cellular Pharmacology performing biochemical assays to determine kinetic information on a possible therapeutic target.
CAREER ASPIRATIONS AND GOALS:
I aspire to go to graduate school to earn a PhD in Environmental Health or a similar field. I want to connect my passion for natural sciences to the environmental ails that affect the health of those in urban populations. My end goal is to head an interdisciplinary lab that gathers information on how different environmental problems affect health disparities in understudied urban communities.
Fraley, Amy; Garcia-Borràs, Marc; Tripathi, Ashootosh; Khare, Dheeraj; Mercado-Marin, Eduardo; Tran, Hong; Dan, Qingyun; Webb, Gabrielle; Watts, Katharine; Crews, Phillip; Sarpong, Richmond; Williams, Robert; Smith, Janet; Houk, Kendall; Sherman, David. “Function and structure of MalA/MalA’, iterative halogenases for late-stage C-H functionalization of indole alkaloids” JACS
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