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 Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences | MBES Students | Jillian G. Lynch

Jillian G. Lynch

Research Interest:
My research focuses on the molecular mechanisms controlling bloom termination in the toxic dinoflagellate, Karenia brevis.   Specifically, I am investigating the role of metacaspases in regulating programmed cell death (PCD).  Characterization of metacaspase function in K. brevis programmed cell death may lead to the development of ecological biomarkers to serve as indicators of bloom progression and will further the understanding of unicellular PCD and the role of metacaspases as an evolutionary core of PCD mediators.

Sebastian S, Dillon ST, Lynch JG, Blalock LT, Balon E, Lee KT, Comstock, L. E., Conlan, J. W., Rubin EJ, Tzianabos, A. O., and Kasper DL (2007). A defined O-antigen polysaccharide mutant of Francisella tularensis live vaccine strain has attenuated virulence while retaining its protective capacity. Infect Immun 75, 2591-2602.

Honors and Awards:

NOAA Oceans and Human Health Pre-doctoral Scholar 2008-2012 

Provost’s Scholarship, MUSC, 2008

 AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science, MUSC, 2008

Jillian G. Lynch

Jillian G. Lynch

Mentors: Drs. Fran Van Dolah, Yusuf Hannun

Matriculated: 2007

Education: BS, University of New Hampshire, 2004