My name is Atreyo Pal. I am a junior at the University of Chicago, majoring in Physics and Biology.
My research in the Edsinger Lab was on (i) developing an protocol for non-injurious injections of Loligo/pygmy squid embryos (using hydrogel) (ii) performing CRISPR knockout for the first time in cephalopods (targeting Pax6 domain which encodes for eye development in squid) (iii) learning molecular genetics techniques like mRNA synthesis, PCR etc. and bioinformatics software like Geneious.
I am also interested in (i) studying the genetic basis for the evolutionary transition from fins in fish to limbs in tetrapods and (ii) learning the biochemical and physical processes in the mechanism of phosphorylation/dephosphorylation of the circadian clock in cyanobacteria (Kai protein oscillator).
Outside science, I love playing tennis, swimming and playing chess.
My future plans in the short term, are to apply to graduate school for a PhD in Biophysics. I envision myself becoming a researcher in either translational medicine or biophysics.