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I will earn an MPhil degree in genetics while working in the lab of Dr. Steve Russell. Dr. Russell’s group studies the developmental genomics of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, and I want to learn how to integrate traditional wet lab techniques with next-generation sequencing technology in order gain a more complete picture of the fly genome. My proposed project will involve studying the effects of the genes SoxN and Diachete — two genes that regulate the development of the central nervous system. I hope that this opportunity can give me a broader perspective on how to conduct scientific research while allowing me to explore more of my research interests.