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Kimberly LaneSPIRE Fellow, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biophysics
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
I was born and raised in a rural community outside of Roanoke, VA. From the start, I was interested in science, particularly in how living things "work". After high school, I went to Roanoke College, a small liberal arts college in Salem, VA, where I majored in Chemistry and minored in Biology. I continued my education, receiving my Ph.D. from Duke University in 2005. My dissertation research in Dr. Lorena Beese's lab in the Biochemistry Dept. focused on the structural biology of the CaaX prenyltransferases, specifically looking at the substrate selectivities of this family of enzymes.
Many teachers throughout my life have inspired me to help pass along the knowledge that I have gained, both in the classroom and in the lab. This is why I have joined the SPIRE program. Here I will learn how to be a better teacher, while continuing with lab research with Dr. Matt Redinbo in the Chemistry Dept. at UNC-Chapel Hill. I am looking forward to the entire experience.
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