Melissa Hynds

My name is Melissa Hynds, and I am a senior at Central Park East High School. I am not sure where I will be headed in the fall, but I have my sights set on one of the following schools: Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, Georgetown University, and Columbia University. As an SMRI intern, and with the help of my mentor, Carmen, I was able to conduct an experiment on how formins are regulated during cell migration. I used Site Directed Mutagenesis to mutate the DNA sequence of a specific gene, and observed the affects the mutation had on actin polymerization.