I obtained my B.S. in Chemistry with a specialty in Biochemistry from Colorado School of Mines (CSM), located in Golden, CO. The upper-level classes I completed for my degree included Biochemistry I, Biochemistry II, and Genetics.
During the latter half of my degree and after graduation, I worked with Dr. Matthew Posewitz at CSM in a biofuels lab. The lab's central focus is using algae (cyanobacteria and other organisms) to produce biofuel precursors more efficiently through understanding growth conditions and genetic modification. My work was centered on the fatty acid synthesis pathway and understanding how the fatty acid synthase was regulated under various conditions.
Additionally, I served as a grant manager for a Department of Energy grant that included 13 different entities (including two national labs) located in four different countries. I was responsible for putting together quarterly reports and other documentation that the DOE required.
Gu, H.; Jinkerson, R. E.; Davies, F. K.; Sisson, L. A.; Schneider, P. E.; Posewitz, M. C., Modulation of Medium-Chain Fatty Acid Synthesis in Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 by Replacing FabH with a Chaetoceros Ketoacyl-ACP Synthase. Frontiers in Plant Science 2016, 7, 690.