Arianna Williams

AMP Student

Anticipated AMP Graduation Date:

Spring 2022

LinkedIn Profile: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ari-williams/ 

Research Advisor and Department: Dr. Carol Dieckmann, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Research Topic:

We study the genomic effects on eyespot assembly in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. This species of algae use the eyespot structure to phototax and acquire the proper amount of light. My work is currently focused on mutations found in the MLT1 and MLT2 loci, both of which lead to abnormal eyespot formation (multiple eyespots in incorrect locations).  

What do you like to do outside of the lab?

I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and pets. While relaxing, you can often find me reading, playing video games, or practicing the drums. 

Favorite Quotation:

"It's the questions we can't answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think." - Patrick Rothfuss

Why did you choose to enter the MCB AMP Program?

Following graduation, I am hoping to pursue a career in genetic research. The MCB AMP program provides a great opportunity for me to continue to gain research experience while also improving my biological knowledge. I believe that this program is a logical stepping stone towards my professional career.