Headshot portrait of Sierra Porter - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2019 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Mentor: Marion Buckwalter, Neurology & Neurological Sciences and Neurosurgery

Astrocytes have been implicated asPhoto of undergraduate student Sierra Porter standing beside a large microscope. important cells for the regulation of neuroinflammation after stroke. However, the precise signaling pathways by which astrocytes influence neuroinflammation are unknown. Using molecular biology techniques including immunoprecipitation, RT-qPCR, and RNA sequencing, Sierra’s project will elucidate how the astrocyte translatome—the body of messenger RNA being translated within the cell—changes after stroke.