Hi! My name is Suetmui (“Suit-moi”) Yu, and I am a junior majoring in Physiology at The University of Arizona. I joined Dr. Ningning Zhao’s lab at the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester. Since then, I have been working in the Zhao lab to study the metabolism and
homeostatic regulation of manganese–a nutrient that is essential for life. My current project involves using an animal model to understand how changing the levels of manganese intake might alter the expression of a manganese transport protein in the body. Results from this project
may give a better understanding of this protein’s function and how a defect in this protein leads to dysregulated manganese metabolism. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, reading books, watching Asian dramas, and working on projects for The TEA Proposal (a community
organization that aims to help high school students from underserved areas gain access to resources).