Zachary Oppler (3283)

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The Genetic Basis for Social Phenotypes in S. Cerevisiae

Hometown: Potomac, Maryland

Department: Biology

Advisor: Helen Murphy

Microbes engage in numerous social behaviors, both within and between species, including cooperation and communication as well as the ability to form biofilms. In the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the Flo family of genes plays an extremely important role in the yeast's ability to engage in social behaviors. My honors thesis will further investigate the genetic basis of these social characteristics and get a better understanding of the diversity found in the Flo genes.

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