Miranda Stratton is a Stanford Biosciences PhD student in the biology, cell and molecular biology track. Her long-term career goal is to become a professor and mentor to the next generation of scientists.
My research focuses on the centrosome, an important organelle, that is responsible for organizing the cytoplasmic microtubules and making a primary cilium in most animal cells. Centrosome and ciliary disfunction is linked to an array of disease states, including polycystic kidney disease and cancer. I am interested in characterizing the centrosome and its function in trophoblast giant cells (TGCs), a differentiated cell type in the placenta.
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