Cell Biology and Physiology is training the next generation of scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs. Our undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers come from diverse backgrounds and bring unique experiences to our department. The labs and centers in CB&P provide a variety of opportunities to our current and prospective students and the support needed to achieve scientific success.
The Djuranovic Lab is proud to include Geralle Powell, a graduate student in the Molecular Genetics and Genomics program. Before joining Cell Biology and Physiology, Geralle completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. In CB&P, Geralle focuses on the mechanism of polyA tracks and the biological significance of genes that contain the cis-regulatory gene elements. This mechanism plays a key role in gene expression and is found in 2% of human genes. Genes that contain this mechanism are involved in cell cycle regulation, DNA damage control, and RNA splicing, all important for cell metabolism. Disfunction in these genes can lead to the development of disease.
Geralle is finishing her sixth year in the CB&P graduate program and plans to pursue a medical degree and practice as a physician scientist. A native St. Louisan, Geralle received offers from competing graduate programs but chose to return to her home town to complete her PhD. “What attracted me to Wash U is the collaborative nature of the department and support for students. Students have the opportunity to find their niche before joining a lab. There is a lot of cross-over between between labs within the department and a lot of opportunities to interact with faculty and people in other departments. People are happy here because they are supported.” Geralle is passionate about science outreach and participates in the Young Scientist Program’s Continuing Mentorship Program and is one of the co-instructors for the McDonnell Genome Institute’s outreach program that introduces bioinformatics and genomics to high school students. Geralle is an active member of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD), a program that supports students from underrepresented groups as they pursue their degree in biomedical sciences. Geralle hopes to continue her education at Washington University and credits the support she has received for her continuing educational goals.
Postdoctoral training opportunities preparing individuals for careers in
academic research and industry also abound under the Cell Biology and Physiology umbrella. Mentoring is an important part of the mission of the department. Those interested in postdoctoral research should contact individual faculty for more information.
Faculty research creates opportunities for undergraduate students interested in careers in experimental biology and medicine. Undergraduates often find Cell Biology and Physiology an excellent point of entry to biomedical research.
Visit the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences website to learn about the graduate program at Washington University School of Medicine.