Nate Kauffman is a research assistant at TGEF where he performs molecular cloning and tissue culture tasks. He is a senior in Lyman Briggs College and the Honors College at Michigan State, triple majoring in Genomics & Molecular Genetics, Human Biology, and Psychology. For his senior graduate thesis, he is conducting a project for Dr. Jamie Bernard in which he is generating KO cell lines in human and mouse epithelial cells lacking receptors for two growth factors. He plans to use these lines to study how the associated growth factors released from adipose tissue contributes to excessive cell proliferation as compared to basal levels of the growth hormone.
Nate’s research interests include gene therapy and transition of CRISPR/Cas9 into the clinical setting. After completing his undergraduate education, Nate plans to pursue a career as a clinical geneticist through a combined physician scientist program.