Former UF SSTP Participant at 2015 CASE

Published: February 16th, 2015

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Former UF SSTP Participant, Saajan Patel got 3rd Place in the Science Category at the 2015 The 2015 Creativity in the Arts and Science Event (CASE). CASE features science research posters, art exhibits, film and performances presented by undergraduate in the UF HHMI Science for Life Program and UF College of the Arts, along with guest UF students.

Saajan is a junior at the University of Florida majoring in Biology. He is an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Mavis Agbandje-Mckenna’s lab. His CASE poster was on his research on the adeno-associated virus (AAV). AAV does not cause illness and is able to package foreign DNA. Because of these two characteristics, AAV is very attractive in a medical treatment called gene therapy. Gene therapy involves delivering healthy genes to replace mutated genes that cause us disease. He is currently investigating the environmental conditions specifically pH and heat that will allow a protein named viral protein 1u (VP1u) to externalize outside the shell of the virus. VP1u is absolutely essential for viral infection. Understanding more about VP1u will improve and enhance AAV gene therapy.

Saajan attended UF SSTP in 2011 and worked in the Horticulture Science Department on a project entitled “The Effect of Cyclohexamide on Rough 3 Endosperm Tissue Culture”.

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