Meet the UA Beckman Scholars

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Randall Eck, 2018-2019 Beckman Scholar. Randall Eck is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. He is conducting research under the mentorship of Dr. Daniela Zarnescu, exploring the role of stress granules in neurodegeneration and aging. Randall also is a science writer for the Arizona Daily Wildcat and educated UBRP participants on the importance of “Writing Press Releases” in July 2019. After graduation, Randall aims to pursue a PhD degree and continue to conduct research.

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Jamie Takashima, 2019-2020 Beckman Scholar. Jamie discovered his passion for chemistry during his freshman year of college and hasn’t looked back since. He is a double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arizona and works at the Charest Lab studying the molecular mechanisms governing directed cell migration.

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Amanda Warner, 2018-2019 Beckman Scholar. Amanda is a senior double majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona. She plans on going to graduate school to research cures for cancer to positively impact people’s lives. Amanda thoroughly enjoys research and is grateful for the opportunities she has had to work in the labs of Dr. Joe Hull, Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich, and Dr. Ross Buchan. Currently, she conducts research in Dr. Buchan’s laboratory at the UofA where she uses a yeast cell model to study how the protein huntingtin, which is mutated in Huntington’s disease, is degraded in the cell.

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Catherine Weibel, 2019-2020 Beckman Scholar. Catherine Weibel is a junior in Physics and Applied Math at the University of Arizona. She works as an undergraduate research assistant in the Masel Lab on the bioinformatics and protein evolution teams, with a primary focus on time-directional trends in protein evolution. Following completion of her undergraduate education, she intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematical Biology or Biophysics.