David Rhode

Undergraduate Researcher

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

Worked in the Lab: February 2015 - June 2017

Current position: Medical Student, University of Illinois, Chicago

Funding: MCB Summer Research Fellowship (2016)
James Scholarship (2016)


Hello, my name is David Rhode. I am a sophomore majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. In my opinion, RNA and RNA-binding proteins are some of the most interesting topics in MCB courses. My fascination with RNA led me to join Dr. Kalsotra’s lab. My current project involves cloning RNA binding proteins of interest into Adenoviral vectors. These vectors can then be transfected into mammalian cells to produce adenovirus that express the cloned RNA binding protein. The ultimate goal is to inject these purified adenoviruses into mice to perform gain-of-function experiments, which will give us valuable insight into the function of these RNA binding proteins in vivo. When I am not in lab, I enjoy playing basketball and following my favorite sports teams, which include the Bears, Bulls, and Cubs.