An Investigation Of The Cannabis Genomic Research Initiative Essay

1408 Words Jun 17th, 2016 6 Pages
Learning information in class engaged and interested me throughout my academic career; however, the opportunity to discover new information through research is one of my most intellectually stimulating experiences. With my goal to learn as much as possible under Dr. Nolan Kane, the Professional Investigator of the Cannabis Genomic Research Initiative (CGRI), I have expanded my traditional bench lab experience to bioinformatics, hemp breeding, and leading designing and performing my own project examining differential protein expression in Cannabis. Although I am deeply fascinated by a four letter code that encodes the human body, I am also providing myself the freedom within my research to learn about other organisms and genetic diseases that I hope to treat within my career.
My longest ongoing project began in October 2014 with the guidance of Dr. Daniela Vergara, a post-doctoral researcher of the CGRI, who helped another undergraduate student and I begin to troubleshoot a protocol for a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). The goal of this experiment was to look at variation in a region of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) Synthase that was amplified by another research team’s primer set, which was unsuccessfully reproduced with the protocol written in the publication. We applied for an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Grant, which funded our research to determine a successful protocol for this PCR; although near the end of our project, we learned another university’s…

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