Interns Join GMGI for the Summer

This summer, three new faces will be contributing to GMGI’s cutting-edge research. Ansharah Khan, Kilee Davis and Merry Moore will all be working with Senior Research Associate Jennifer Polinski on marine genomic projects. We are delighted to welcome them to the team for the next few months!

Ansharah was born in Pakistan but lives in Minnesota where she studies Human Physiology at University of Minnesota. Kilee is from Idaho and studies biotechnology at Utah Valley University. Both Ansharah and Kilee are Station1 Frontiers Fellows – Station1 Frontiers partners with leading scientific research institutes to create transformative research experiences in socially-directed science and technology. Their internships will be conducted remotely.

The focus of their research will involve analyzing the structure and expression of a novel family of genes identified in the newly published lobster genome. This is an interdisciplinary project combining aspects of marine chemical ecology and bioinformatics in the context of how the information can be used to benefit society.

Merry is a rising senior at the University of Southern California majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Marine Biology. She grew up spending time between Manchester-by-the-Sea and Sarasota, Florida where her interests in marine research began.

Merry is spending her time at GMGI this summer working on DNA/RNA extractions and literature review for the Annisquam River Project. This project is focused on characterizing the present and active microbial communities of different sites along the Annisquam River to better understand how tidal and seasonal variability affects saltwater estuary ecosystems.