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2012 REU Program Participant Profiles: Andre Perez

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Major: Biology
School: Univ. of Texas, El Paso
Hometown: Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico
REU Research Project: Modeling protein translation and genome evolution

Why did you apply to the REU program?
The main reason I applied to the REU is because I had previous research experience and this seemed like something completely different and a great experience, also the research they have here at NIMBioS is interesting in so many ways, it's not only biological but combines it with Math and Programming.

What is the purpose of your research?
The purpose of our research is to design mathematical models of the processes responsible for the cost and errors during protein translation. The final results will give us a better understanding of how the ribosome works and increase our ability to extract information from genomic sequences.

Tell us something about your field of study we would be surprised to know.
Proteins are the building blocks of all life, if the ribosome made lots of errors resulting in great energy costs reducing life quality in great ways; we need to understand how is it that they work.

What were your favorite parts of the REU program?
Everything, right from participating in the research and being able to discover something no one else in the world knows, also the group activities they plan for us. Everything is great. Research experiences can lead to the greatest, most loyal friends you can ever have. People are interested in who you are and they are eager to learn and collaborate. I made some of my closest friends doing research.

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