Kayla Bertholf

APEX Fellowship | Kayla Bertholf

October 22, 2020   /  

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Class Year: 2022
Faculty Mentor: Grit Herzmann

Andrew Award of Excellence

As a research assistant for the Arnosti molecular genetics Michigan Labratory, I used a bioinformatic approach to analyze the conservation of C-Terminal Binding protein (CtBP) to produce a scientific paper.

The Andrew Award for Excellence recognizes students who demonstrated distinction throughout the process of applying for an APEX Fellowship.

Kayla Bertholf will be online to field comments on Nov. 5 from 8:00-10:00 am.

14 thoughts on “APEX Fellowship | Kayla Bertholf”

  1. Thanks for a nice presentation. I’m glad you had such a productive research experience last summer.

  2. Kayla, I know you had a lot of uncertainties going into this experience, but I’m happy to hear about the skills and insights you learned along the way. It sounds like they will serve you well moving forward.

    1. Thank you! I have learned so many valuable skills and gained many valuable experiences this summer and I am very excited to apply what I have learned in the rest of my career!

  3. Thank you for sharing your work and experience with us Kayla. Although challenging, being in the thick of transitioning to remote research environments will likely help your adaptability as a researcher. Did you get to reflect on these challenges with the team at MSU and what they have learned from it as well?

    1. We did! Transition to completely remote research was somewhat new to both this project and I so we had ongoing discussion throughout the summer on what was going well and how we could both better help each other. The Arnosti Laboratory had weekly full-lab meetings where some of the challenges were discussed. This was during the transition period where professors at MSU were being trained to transition to completely remote or hybrid teaching methods for fall and I would like to believe that having to work remotely over summer gave them some insight into what went well and what would be a challenge this semester, as it helped me think through the challenges I would be facing to learn in the upcoming semester.

  4. Kayla,
    This is a great presentation, and I’m so glad that you found a new possibility for research. Thank you for sharing.

  5. It’s quite amazing that your work this summer is going to be featured in a research paper! It sounds like you had a really cool experience. When do you think that paper will be published? Great job, Kayla!

    1. Thank you so much, it was a great experience! The project is continuing currently with other undergrad researchers and the first draft of our paper should be ready to review by the end of this semester!

  6. Hi Kayla, What a great research project and paper! I’m hoping that we can talk a bit about the bioethical implications of your research in class, for example are there any ethical repercussions that you can foresee in the future of this work? Did additional considerations come into play when selecting research subjects (flies and mosquitos over mice for example?)

    Congratulations on winning the Andrew Award of Excellence! Your presentation is so clear, and takes a complicated topic and makes it very accessible. I learned a lot!

    1. Thank you so much!! I hadn’t previously though of the ethical implications of this project, this is a very interesting question! I believe that flies were selected first just because they are a good model organism to work with in lab and share a lot of disease causing genes with humans. The study is moving along to do research on mice and other vertebrate animals, and although the research being done on genomes is most likely online at the moment, there are always ethical considerations with doing research on live animals. In the distant future, if the study ever progresses to where we would want to test any affects of the CtBP gene and protein in live animals or even humans, one would have to consider the ethical effects of what could happen if the experiment goes wrong as well as that of the testing in the first place.

  7. I loved seeing this presentation after hearing bits and pieces of it over the summer! Excellent job, Kayla!

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