March 2016: Undergraduate Nisha Gopal awarded Fulbright Fellowship!

Nisha Gopal, a Biochemistry Major in the Miller lab who will be graduating from UM in April, was awarded a 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to conduct research in France!  The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States.  After carrying out a membrane crystallography project as part of the Amgen Scholars Program at UCLA in the summer of 2015, Nisha became excited about determining the structure of membrane proteins.  Therefore, for her proposed work as a Fulbright scholar, Nisha plans to use x-ray crystallography in order to solve high resolution structures of mutants of Cytochrome b6f, a key component of electron transport chains, in order to gain a better understanding of the function of a co-factor present in the protein.  She will carry out this work in Dr. Daniel Picot’s Lab in Paris, France.  In the Miller Lab, Nisha has been investigating how Septins, class of GTP-binding proteins that form filaments, may coordinate with Anillin to regulate cell-cell junction integrity.  Nisha is currently writing her Sr. Honors Thesis on this work.

Nisha and Ann