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Erick X. Bayala Rodriguez

Undergraduate Student


I am a 20 year old university student. I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Currently, I am in my third year at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao (UPRH), working on my degree in general sciences with a major in microbiology. I have a broad interest in science, but I wish to concentrate on biology, with special interest in plant biology, microbiology, marine biology and developmental biology.

This is my second year participating in the Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard (SROH) Program. In the summer of 2012 I worked in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology in the lab of Elena Kramer, whose research is focused on the evolution of floral morphology. Specifically, my project focused on the creation of DNA constructs used to test protein-protein interactions via the yeast two-hybrid system. After that summer, during my junior year I was awarded the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) scholarship for the next two years.

This summer (2013) I have returned to Harvard with the SROH program to work in the Extavour lab with research associate Tripti Gupta. I am performing interspecies experiments with different Drosophilids, testing and characterizing Gal4 and UAS lines. After I go back to Puerto Rico and finish my biology degree, I ultimately want to continue with graduate studies, pursue my PhD, and gain more research experience.