2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Assessing AAC3 Expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae After Ultraviolet Radiation

Brody J. Aubry♦
Dr. Carolina Sempertegui, Faculty Mentor

Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a unicellular fungus that has been heavily studied for both industrial and scientific work.  The National Association of Space and Aeronautics has studied S. cerevisiae at the International Space Station as a model for eukaryotic organisms such as humans.  Additionally, S. cerevisiae has been studied for its economic uses in the brewing and baking industries.  In this study, the effects of ultraviolet radiation on the expression of the anoxic gene, AAC3, is assessed.  AAC3 encodes for a mitochondrial transfer protein that is primarily involved in S. cerevisiae’s fermentation pathways.  Studying the expression of the AAC3 gene will provide insight into the effects of ultraviolet radiation on eukaryotic organisms.  Strains of S. cerevisiae with differentially expressed AAC3 genes will be studied to assess the role of the mitochondrial transfer protein on cell survival.

Keywords: Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Gene expression, AAC3, Ultraviolet radiation, qPCR


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 108-1
Location: VH 1224
Time: 8:00

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