This is my second year in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholars Program. I am a Biology major with a cell and developmental concentration. My current research focuses on determining if ceruloplasmin, a copper binding protein in blood plasma, uses copper transporter 1, which is the only well known membrane spanning protein specific for copper uptake to date, to deliver copper to cells. As a model I am using mouse embryonic fibroblasts that express or do not express the copper transporter. These cell lines were kindly obtained from Dr. Dennis Thiele at Duke University.
Currently I am studying for the GRE and plan on pursuing a PhD at UCR or UCI. The graduate programs of interest to me are in the Biomedical Sciences. I would like to contribute to the increasing repertoire of knowledge in that field.
Update: In Fall 2012, Danny will begin a PhD program in Biology at UCI.