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Selena Leu

Selena Leu

Education: B.S. in Biochemistry from Sonoma State University

From: Santa Rosa, CA

Joined David Lab: January 2023

Outside of lab: I enjoy painting, gardening and taking care of my leopard geckos.

Research in David Lab: Contributing to the NEIL project.

Previous Research Experience: At Sonoma State University I had the privilege of working with Dr. Lares in her biochemistry research group. My project focused on establishing the gp120 RNA aptamer as a negative control for B cell activating factor receptor (BAFF-R) binding affinity assays. In non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) cancer patients there is an overexpression of binding between B cell activating factor (BAFF) and BAFF-R, which is a transmembrane protein that spans the phospholipid bilayer of B cells. The external portion of this protein is what binds BAFF and this research group investigates different aptamers binding affinity to BAFF-R to learn more about the binding relationship and explore ways of inhibiting BAFF binding BAFF-R.

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