A cross-curricular research platform supporting inquiry-based learning
The "Gene Stream" represents an opportunity to develop long-term undergraduate research experiences that cross boundaries between teaching classroom and the research laboratory, and between different disciplines within the natural sciences and mathematics. The goal is to discover and characterize new genes, explore the cellular activities of the proteins that they encode, and ultimately to investigate the cellular functions that these proteins perform. Our initial research model for this is the freshwater, ciliated protozoan, Tetrahymena thermophila. For a more in depth description look at the overview (listed below).