Protein–More Than Just a Food Group!

My research focuses on a protein, plakophilin 2 (PKP2), and its role in cardiomyocytes or heart muscle cells. PKP2 is a desmosomal protein, meaning it is a protein that promotes cell-to-cell adhesion and communication between cells. When PKP2 is disrupted, it often leads to fatal consequences. The major problem scientists are faced with when it…

CURF Introduction: My journey in research

Hello, my name is Michelle Khattri, and I am one of the recipients of the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research fellowship! I am in my third year at Pitt as a biology major and chemistry minor. I am working under the mentorship of Dr. Shuda and Dr. Osmanbeyoglu at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. For my project, I…

Kicking Off the CUTF: Synthesizing Knowledge through Case Study Problem-Solving

Hello all! My name is Mike Sobol, and I am thrilled to be participating in the Spring 2022 Chancellor’s Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship. I am a sophomore in the University Honors College pursuing dual degrees in Neuroscience and Politics & Philosophy. This semester, I am working with Dr. Scott Nelson as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA)…

CUTF: The College Audience In “Readings In Contemporary Fiction”

Hello! My name is Sabrina, and I am a sophomore here at Pitt. I am currently double majoring in English Writing (Fiction Track) and Psychology. This semester I am working on my CUTF project with Professor Shannon Reed in the “Readings in Contemporary Fiction” class. Together, we have revised the syllabus to include readings catered…

CURF Introduction: Touching the Invisible

Hi everyone! My name is Richard and I am a freshman majoring in Biology, minoring in Computer Science, Sociology, and Chemistry, as well as pursuing a certificate in Global Health. A fun fact about me is that I’m an avid tennis player and have even worked as a private tennis coach for two summers! Right…

My CURF: Be Patient But Stay Curious

Receiving the Chancellors Undergraduate Research Fellowship has been very fulfilling and I am very appreciative to those that keep this great fellowship going. As a Pitt student it is great to see the encouragement from faculty for undergraduate research. This opportunity gave me the ability to delve deeper into my work and make it a…

CUTF Blog Post #1: Navigating a Packed Plate

Hello—my name is Edwin Coffman, and this is my first blog post for the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship. I am mentoring under Dr. Andrew Lotz of Pitt’s Political Science Department in his Myth, Propaganda, and the State analysis course. In my project, I am an undergraduate teaching assistant. Here, I will connect with students and…

I Did It! – My BPhil Defense and Future Research Endeavors

As the fall semester draws to a close, most seniors completing BPhil theses are just starting the research portion of their projects. Meanwhile, I just successfully defended my BPhil thesis and I would like to share my reflection on the BPhil process for those who are starting to embark on the later portion of this…