Lab: R. Michael Roberts
Undergraduate Work: University of Missouri - Columbia, B.S. in Biochemistry
Hometown: Lake St. Louis, Missouri
Research: My research focus is on early placental development and its relationship with the disease preeclampsia. Our lab uses pluripotent stem cells to derive the cell types present in the placenta and then utilizes these cells to study defects that may contribute to the pathophysiology of preeclampsia.
Techniques: Lots of cell culture, real time PCR, immunohistochemistry, and western blots.
Why Mizzou: I chose Mizzou because I really enjoyed my time here as an undergraduate. The location is a plus as well, since it is close to family!
Favorite Part of Mizzou Biochemistry: I enjoy the collaborative environment in our department. I also like how diverse the department is in their research fields, which gives you a wide variety of options!
Organizations: Biochemistry Graduate Student Organization (BGSO), Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR).
Fun Fact about Megan: I am a huge fan of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and anything Disney!
Outside the Lab: I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, relaxing with my dog, Pookie, and dancing!Career Plans: I would like to complete a post doctoral position and then teach at the university level. I am open to industry or academia positions.