Alisha Patel

Student NameAlisha Patel
Faculty Mentor NameJonathan Licht
CollegeCollege of Medicine
MajorBiochemistry & Anthropology
MinorHealth Disparities
Research InterestsOncogenesis Mechanisms, Epigenetic mutations, CRISPR Screening
Academic AwardsNational Merit Finalist, Benaquisto Scholarship Recipient, University Research Scholar, Dean’s List Fall 2018, Dean’s List Spring 2019, Dean’s List Fall 2019, UFHCC University Scholar
OrganizationsMentorGNV & University Research Scholars Program(URSP) Advisory Board
Hobbies and InterestsReading, Playing Piano, Sewing & Embroidering Doll Clothing, Painting

Research Project

Investigation of the Role of N6-Methyladenosine (m6A)-dependent mRNA degradation in the Dexamethasone Response

I am investigating whether YTHDF2 (an epigenetic gene that encodes an m6A-mRNA binding protein) loss is responsible for Dexamethasone resistance. The project also aims to determine whether genes responsible for glucocorticoid signaling are involved in the mechanism of Dexamethasone resistance when YTHDF2 is disrupted.