Pranay Talla presents at the IEEE MIT 2019 URTC
Pranay Talla ('20) presented a lightning talk and a poster in the BioEECS & Applied Physics track at the 2019 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference (URTC).
Hosted on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, the conference brought together undergraduates from around the world to present, discuss, and develop solutions to advance technology for humanity.
Conference attendees participated in a rich program with keynote speeches and technical talks featuring renowned speakers, a student design competition, and networking events. There were also plenty of exciting events in addition to the presentations, such as the demos by MIT research labs.
This year, the conference had 39 posters, 11 lightning talks, 52 papers, and approximately 300 attendees.
How/why were you selected?
This, along with my participation in STEM-focused summer camps, helped develop my strong interest in science research and also gave me practical problem-solving skills. The Greeley Science Research program gave me a chance to further deepen my knowledge on these topics and prepared me well to be able to participate and contribute in a real research lab.
As for the specific research question I addressed, that came from a discussion with my mentor and reviewing literature in the field.
These biological switches are analogous in many ways to the electrical switches we are more familiar with. And, just like how engineers need to think about what makes an electrical switch effective, biophysicists would like to understand what makes biological switches effective. This was the overall question addressed in my research.
More specifically, I looked at a class of switch mechanisms called covalent modification cycles and ended up proving mathematical relationships between certain characteristics of the switches to certain thermodynamics in the cell.
Overall, the more we understand how these biological switches work, the greater our ability to understand how our cells process information and respond to changes in their environments, which can help unlock mysteries of various cellular phenomena and explain the origins of certain diseases.
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