2016 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: undeclared
Supported by: Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Mentor: Liqun Luo, Biology

Ricardo is studying methods by which neurons are wired during development. Using fruit flies as a model organism, he aims to identify the molecular partners of Toll-like receptors (a class of proteins), which mediate a specific pathway of neural targeting. Identifying these molecules will allow for a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind this particular pathway and will shed light on how a structure as intricate as the brain is wired to such a degree of exactitude.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 24, 2016:

Identification of the Molecular Partners of Toll-6 and Toll-7 in the Developing Antennal Lobe

Ricardo Guajardo1, Jiefu Li1, Liqun Luo1
[Department of Biology1, Stanford University]