Roxanna Llinas is currently completing her final year of PhD studies with Dr. Bonnie Bartel at Rice University. Her graduate research is using molecular genetics to elucidate peroxisome biogenesis and functions; however, her work with misspliced peroxisome biogenesis mutants has ushered her into the world of RNA processing. Using a suppression screen, she has identified two independent mutants of interacting splicing factors that she is using to probe splice-site sequence fidelity and recognition by the spliceosome. Roxanna received her BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston and had a career as a science payload integration specialist for the International Space Station for 7 years before moving to molecular biology and starting the PhD program at Rice University. Her research is supported by a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award predoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
2:17 PM – 2:32 PM EDT