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Thesis Thursday with Nizigyimana Ernest

April 13, 2016
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I am a junior at university of Arizona, majoring in molecular and cellular biology, with minor in Psychology. I am currently doing research in Dr. Zelieann Craig’s  lab in the department of School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. In the lab, we seek to comprehend how endocrine disruptors (hormone system disruptors) known as phthalates affect the ovary, the major reproductive organ in females. These chemicals have been shown to decrease levels of a very important growth factor called IGF-1 in the mouse ovary which can cause infertility in female mice. My project is to investigate the mechanisms by which these chemicals disrupt IGF-1 signaling in the ovary. I aspire to become a physician.  I am currently getting ready to take the MCAT test and plan to apply to medical school. I love doing volunteer work in the community and I spend my free time enjoying outdoor activities such as soccer, track, and hiking.

The University of Arizona’s Undergraduate Biology Research Program is partnering with KXCI 91.3 to produce “Thesis Thursday,” a weekly segment featuring student researchers talking about their undergraduate thesis projects, or research projects while working with University professors. Students describe their research, their overall goals and career interests and where they think their research will lead. As well, they get a chance to share the music and interests that motivate them.Broadcast three times every Thursday with a new student each week.

Thursdays: 9:55 AM, 11:55 AM, and 2:55 PM

Produced by Cathy Rivers

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