By YIDAN XU
It can be a Herculean task for researchers to make successful and convincing arguments that contradict the mainstream beliefs in their fields. But Paige Kulling ’14 may be one to take up the challenge.
For the past 17 months, Kulling has worked in the lab of Prof. Nelson Hairston, ecology and evolutionary biology, to examine the relationship between the expression of a photolyase gene and the historical ultraviolet radiation exposure in Daphnia, a family of freshwater zooplankton. Photolyase genes regulate photolyase enzymes, which repair DNA that has been damaged by exposure to ultraviolet radiation.
Courtesy of Paige Kulling ’14Radiation research | Paige Kulling ’14 researches the ways in which Daphnia, a family of freshwater zooplankton also called water fleas, repair DNA that has been damaged by exposure to ultraviolet radiation.