Class of 2017
Education: Blended BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering at Cal Poly
Ethan is completing his internship in the lab of Rusty Gage at the Salk Institute. He is investigating LINE-1 elements and their potential role in the etiology of Schizophrenia. LINE-1 elements are retrotransposons, or genes that are capable of copying themselves into new locations within the genome; they are known to actively "jump" within the brain creating a mosaic of cells with distinct genomes. Dysregulation of retrotransposition is hypothesized to contribute to the development of Schizophrenia. To study this process they manipulate LINE-1 activity in developing mice and evaluate the impact on brain development and behavior as adults.