Christina Barnes Cooley '05
Chemistry major, music minor
Fellow at The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, CA
am an NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Jeffery Kelly using chemical
and molecular biology approaches to develop new therapeutic approaches to treat
protein misfolding disorders. I am looking specifically for molecules that can
activate a pathway involved in endoplasmic reticulum homeostasis that can
reduce the secretion of aggregation-prone proteins into the serum to treat
systemic amyloid disease.
worked during my senior year with Dr. Goodwin on a synthetic organic chemistry
project of marine natural products. We traveled to my first national scientific
meeting (American Chemical Society meeting in 2005) to present the results.
How Hendrix prepared me for success
I got my first research experiences while at
Hendrix and it helped to solidify that I wanted a career in scientific
research. My work at Hendrix also helped me get into graduate school and
started me on a pathway to career success!
can’t wait to apply for professor positions this year. I will hopefully be my
own version of Dr. Goodwin, inspiring and mentoring the next generation of
doing research in science as early as you can. The exact subject matter that
you are studying is less important as getting a feel for how research in the
real world is conducted. These experiences are invaluable in helping you decide
your eventual career goals and are rewarding and fun!