Rachel Kearns - Graduate Student
I received my B.S. in biology from the University of Washington. During this time, I participated in biochemistry research aimed at determining the structure of the transition state in thioester hydrolysis under Dr. Lori Robins. I also worked with Dr. Felipe Guzman to develop fiber optic Fabry-Pérot optical resonators and study their application as displacement sensors in force-to-frequency transducers and accelerometers as a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In the Shepherd lab, I am now pursuing my Ph.D. in neuroscience studying the biochemical properties of Arc’s self-assembly into virus-like capsids containing Arc mRNA, and its role in synaptic plasticity and memory.