Eddie Rashan

Undergraduate Researcher

Major: Biochemistry

Worked in the Lab: January 2014 - June 2016

Current position: Graduate student, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

Funding: William T. and Lynn Jackson Summer Scholarship (2014); MCB Summer Research Fellowship (2015)
Awarded "Best Undergraduate Thesis in Biochemistry (2016)"


Bhate A*, Parker DJ*, Bebee TW, Ahn J, Arif W, Rashan EH, Chorghade S, Chau A, Lee JH, Anakk S, Carstens RP, Xiao X and Kalsotra A (2015) ESRP2 controls an adult splicing program in hepatocytes to support postnatal liver maturation.
Nat. Commun. 6:8768 | DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9768 | * denotes equal authors


My name is Eddie Rashan and I’m a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry. I was raised in Batavia, Illinois, which is considered (at least to me) one of the most boring towns in the West Chicago suburbs. A huge interest of mine besides science is listening and playing music. I am a part of the Marching Illini Drumline here and have been drumming in various competitive groups since high school.

The kalsotra lab has used RNA-seq to identify a large number of liver mRNA isoforms that are produced in a developmental-specific manner. In the lab, I am characterizing the role of epithelial splicing regulatory protein 2 (ESRP2) in establishing hepatocyte-specifc splicing patterns. I am also involved in maintaining our transgenic and knock out mouse lines and keeping a well-organized entry of information pertaining to them. "This is my first time experience in a research lab and I am loving it!"