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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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    For the first time, in a unique laboratory experiment at CERN, researchers have observed individual atoms of antihydrogen fall under the effects of gravity. In confirming antimatter and regular matter are gravitationally attracted, the finding rules out gravitational repulsion as the reason why antimatter is largely missing from the observable universe.
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    How are environmental changes, loss of biodiversity, and the spread of pathogens connected? The answer is a puzzle. Researchers have now described one piece of that puzzle, showing that the destruction of tropical rainforests harms the diversity of mosquito species. At the same time, more resilient species of mosquitoes become more prevalent -- which also […]
  • Study sheds new light on strange lava worlds September 27, 2023
    In a new study, scientists have shown that sweeping molten oceans have a large influence on the observed properties of hot rocky Super-Earths, such as their size and evolutionary path.
  • New insights into the atmosphere and star of an exoplanet September 25, 2023
    A new study of the intriguing TRAPPIST-1 exoplanetary system has demonstrated the complex interaction between the activity of the system's star and its planetary features.
  • Did life exist on Mars? Other planets? With AI's help, we may know soon September 25, 2023
    Scientists have discovered a simple and reliable test for signs of past or present life on other planets -- 'the holy grail of astrobiology.' Researchers report that, with 90% accuracy, their artificial intelligence-based method distinguished modern and ancient biological samples from those of abiotic origin.


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