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Cynthia Chelius

“One of my favorite things about the graduate community at UMBC are the graduate student organizations. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is great because they fund students to travel to conferences to present their work.”

Hometown: Northfield, NJ

Degree Program: Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Ph.D.

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Mark Marten

Thesis/research topic: Phosphoproteomic and transcriptomic study of the cell wall repair signaling pathway in filamentous fungi

Undergraduate Study:
2013, B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

What are some of the benefits of being part of the graduate community at UMBC?
One of my favorite things about the graduate community at UMBC are the graduate student organizations. Any group of graduate students (academic, cultural etc.) can form an organization and host events that are sponsored by the university. The GSA is great because they fund students to travel to conferences to present their work.

Briefly describe your graduate research and its purpose/applications.
My graduate research aims to characterize the cell wall repair pathway in fungi. This network is important for fungal survival and biogenesis. Our multi-omic based experimental approach can be used in any organism to study any pathway of interest. Since cellular signaling regulates nearly every cellular behavior, network studies are crucial to understand biological systems.

What are your plans after you complete your degree at UMBC?
After UMBC I plan to work in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry. I would like to work with fermentation and cell culture.

When you’re not teaching and researching, what are your hobbies and interests?
Outside of the lab I play on a women’s rec basketball team! I also really enjoy hiking, camping, and traveling.

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