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The High School Perspective: John Blair

My name is John Blair, I am a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and the Math Science Technology Center in Lexington, KY.  This school year, I conducted research at the University of Kentucky.  During my time at the Blackburn Lab, I helped transform various mutations of the PRL-3 protein as part of the larger project to develop a new zebrafish line.

With this project, I placed at my regional science fair, qualifying me to compete in the state science fair.  I also helped out others in the lab with occasional mini-preps, transformations, and data analysis. I had a wonderful time learning and growing. This experience has encouraged me to select UK for my studies in the upcoming years.  I plan to major in mechanical engineering with a focus on biomedical engineering.  I greatly appreciate Dr. Blackburn for her mentorship, Shaw Powell for his teaching and guidance, everyone I worked with for their support, and for my sister Margaret for suggesting I work with zebrafish.

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