Project/blog link:Exploring Genetic Engineering BASIS Advisor: Robert Lee Internship location: Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation Onsite Mentor: Dr. Monica Schmidt, Assistant Professor - The School of Plant Sciences, BIO5 Institute
For a few years now, I have been certain that I want to become an engineer. However, one thing that I have not been certain of is what kind of engineer. I have decided that I will use my Senior Project as a means of further investigating one branch of engineering to see if it particularly drives my curiosity. I will be working with Dr. Monica Schmidt, of the Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation at the University of Arizona, on a project currently underway at her lab: a few types of plant seeds, namely soybean, are being precisely genetically edited, then grown in an attempt to create a plant that is able to produce more of a selected protein. With this project, I will gain a better personal understanding of genetic engineering and the methods and processes to undertake these tasks.