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Priscilla Villalona

BMMB Graduate Student
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About Me:

I earned my B.S. in Biology with a concentration in biochemistry from Bay Path University (Longmeadow, MA) in December 2019. My undergraduate research was focused on evaluating the thermal stability of N-terminal acetyltransferases by thermal shift assay under the guidance of Dr. Yadilette Rivera-Colón. During the summer of 2019, I was an Amgen Scholar at Duke University (Durham, NC) and I worked in Dr. Hashim Al-Hashimi’s lab. In his lab, I aided in a project about targeting HIV-1 RNA with small molecules. Then, I decided that I wanted to earn my PhD and I have started that process at Penn State University. My research interests are structural biology, biochemistry, and drug design. In my free time, I like to play video games, read, and listen to music.