Jiayi is a first year Ph. D student from the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) currently rotating in Dr. Camron Bryant lab. She completed her undergraduate degree majored in Pharmacy from Sichuan University, China. As an undergraduate, she did a summer research internship at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology under David Geffen School of Medicine. Her summer internship project was to find the small molecular regulators of aging using C. elegans as a model. For her undergraduate work back in China, she also got involved with a drug target delivery project, in which she studied the relationship between drug loading and the Zeta potential of drug delivering nanoparticles. She got it published in school research journal, then she went on to pursue her Master Degree at Tufts University. In the program of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Tufts University, she studied the association between Calpain-1, a cysteine protease and its influence on obesity using knockout mouse model. She also successfully found and confirmed a novel red blood cell binding partner from the proteins libraries in the liver as a side project.
In Dr. Bryant’s lab, Jiayi is interested in using bioinformatics tools to understand addiction. Her project involves in understanding mouse binge eating phenotype through analyzing RNA-seq data, and find out the susceptible genes that are related to binge eating behavior and potentially addiction.