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About: maip.tran

Mai grew up in northern California. She completed her BS at UCLA and was captivated by all aspects of biology. She later joined the Biological Sciences PhD program at UCSD under the mentorship of Dr. Kimberly Cooper. Mai's graduate work aims to understand how developmental programs are modified to generate limb diversity. Her research employs a unique species, the jerboa, which has naturally occurring muscle loss after birth leading to a complete lack of foot muscles in the adult. Mai's research centered on understanding normal muscle function and the cellular mechanisms of muscle loss and how these processes reshape the limb from an ancestral state, like that of the mouse, to the derived limb of the jerboa. Mai is currently doing her postdoc at the University of Utah and is co-advised by Drs. Nels Elde and James Gagnon. Mai is building on her EvoDevo training to investigate questions in host pathogen interactions in zebrafish.

Posts by maip.tran:

What might evolutionary muscle loss and pathological atrophies have in common?

Posted by on January 8th, 2020

By Mai P. Tran and Kimberly L. Cooper “It’s the cutest rodent I have ever seen, even cuter than a cuddly hamster, and it would be fun doing a rotation for the opportunity to work with this animal.” That was my thought, as a first-year graduate student, when I first heard Kim present her research on[…]