NAME: YeMaya Robinson
YEAR OF STUDY: Freshman
MAJOR(S): Health Science MENTOR(S): Omosun Yusuf
DEPARTMENT(S): Microbiology, Biochemistry & Immunology Faculty
SOURCE(S) OF TRAINING SUPPORT: RISE Program
CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES: We have previously reported that infected mice had a significantly-reduced fertility rate compared with non-infected mice (Igietseme et al., 2013b), and we had also shown that chlamydia infected mice had differentially expressed genes/proteins. However, using a more in-depth method with a mice specific chlamydia species and deep RNA sequencing, we have identified significantly differentially expressed RNAs over a period of time after infection, due to the ability of deep sequencing to analyze expression of all annotated miRNAs. We compared mice with primary and secondary chlamydia infection. In addition we have a microRNA
which we are interested in its function within epithelia cells, we also intend to transfect the miRNA into the cells and then infect them, then we would look to see if the lipid profile is being regulated by the miRNA.
OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCES: RISE START summer research at Morehouse School of Medicine. CAREER ASPIRATIONS AND GOALS: YeMaya plans to enroll in a program where she can receive her MD-PhD
and ultimately take her degree and practice medicine along with conducting research specific to the female
reproductive system. After which her biggest goal is to open up her own teaching hospital in an underrepresented area similar to her own in Kansas City, Missouri.
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