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Student: Adriana E. Osoria Jiménez

Name: Osoria Jiménez, Adriana E.

Hometown: Isabela, Puerto Rico

Institution: University of Puerto Rico

Campus: Aguadilla Campus

Rank: *B.S. (*in process)

Major: Biological Sciences

Expected date of graduation: May 2015

Degree: B.S. in Biology

Major: Biomedical Sciences

USDA Agency of interest:



Career cxperience/location:

I worked in a research internship at Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana funded by the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) under the supervision of

Dr. LaCount at the Pharmacy Department.


Description of career experience:

I worked on the characterization of DNA binding proteins from Plasmodium vivax by using a genetic assay, yeast two hybrid. Studying these interactions during the

development of the parasite can be useful in creating protein linkage maps that can be helpful in understanding the function of these factors in parasite replication.


What is your perception of agriculture now?

It is a branch of science that complements their findings with many areas such as Biology and Chemistry also. In addition, support of this area will have effects in terms of

social, economic and scientific advances.


How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities?

During this experience I learned several techniques related to Molecular Biology among these: PCR technique, others related to cloning and in addition, the design of DNA

primers using Gene Construct Kit. These techniques provided me with part of the experience that are required in graduate studies in the area of ​​Microbiology / Molecular

Biology and later in the research area.


Career and research aspirations:

I aim to be accepted into Purdue University in order to obtain a Ph.D. in Microbiology. By obtaining this degree I would be capable of being a part of academia and also,

continue my steps in the research area as a competent scientist. In ten years, I would like to also obtain a certification as a Cytotechnologist in order to study more

in depth diseases before they can be present in humans. Studying and researching global diseases is one of my interests in order to contribute with the creation of drugs and

a better understanding of their pathway infection.


Skill Set:

Bilingual-English/Spanish, Proficient in bacterial transformation, electrophoresis and PCR technique, Basic knowledge in Gene Construct Kit – Plasmodium Genomics

Resources – Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD).


The impact of my career experience:

The research experience at Purdue University, by the SROP, offered me the opportunity to choose a formal investigation and learn how cloning tools can be useed in order

to characterize cellular process mediated by proteins on a specific organism. This privilege helped me to develop more my critical thinking skills which are necessary in

an investigation at graduate studies. Having the experience in techniques related in the characterization of protein- protein interaction would prepare me as a competent

student in the area of research focused on the pathways of global diseases and in the development of drugs against these organism. As a short term goal, I am interested in

the molecular techniques necessary in becomigng a scientist in the industrial field.

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