Posted on Monday, October 9, 2017
Senior biochemistry major Jarret Vrabel, received a research grant from the Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research to fund his project examining the binding properties of the neural protein alpha-synuclein, more specifically how particular structural mutations can affect the protein’s function. Alpha-synuclein is known to have a role in neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's Disease.
Vrabel conducted his research under the mentorship of Dr. Jessica Sarver, assistant professor in physical chemistry.
“Dr. Sarver has been able to guide me through the methodology of the experimental processes with her knowledge of alpha-synuclein,” added Vrabel. “She is always helpful in answering my questions and watching me carry out various steps in the research.”
Through conducting undergraduate research, Vrabel hopes to gain experience working in the field with hopes of contributing to the understanding of the alpha-synuclein.
“[This experience] will help me immensely as I prepare for medical school following this year. I am currently in the application process."