The Sci-Files – 08/04/2019 – Tayler Murphy and Victor Gipson II – Mentoring and Creation of Stem Cells

Chelsie Boodoo and Daniel Puentes

On this week’s The Sci-Files, your hosts Chelsie and Danny interview Tayler Murphy and Victor Gipson II

Tayler Murphy is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Genetics and Genomic Sciences program in Dr. Amy Ralston’s lab.  This summer, Tayler mentors Victor Gipson II. Victor is a junior cellular biology major at the University of Georgia. He is at MSU this summer through the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP). The goal of their project is to understand how stem cells are created, by using pre-implantation mouse embryos as a model. They particularly are looking at a type of stem cell called extraembryonic endoderm cells (XEN cells) which are naturally occurring cells in the embryo that eventually become the yolk sac.

Tayler is a part of the genetics student organization. She was the second author on a paper in 2018.

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