Lena Hyatt


College / University

University of North Carolina

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Chemistry, Biology




Lab Experience

Techniques in biochemistry, analytical chemistry, molecular biology and experience in the model system Drosophila melanogaster.

Projects / Research

  • 08/2006 – 12/2008: Functional and physical relationships between two DNA repair proteins, BLM and SPN-A, in Drosophila melanogaster. Sekelsky Lab, University of North Carolina
  • 05/2008 – 08/2008: Investigation of meiosis in the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea by a directed RNAi screen. Dernburg Lab, University of California at Berkeley, Amgen Scholar Program
  • 05/2007 – 08/2007: Study of DNA mismatch repair system (MutHLS) using crosslinking and FRET techniques. Institute for Biochemistry, Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany, DAAD RISE Program
  • 01/2006 – 05/2006: Defensive and reproductive resource allocation in the tropical plant Piper sancti-felicis, Organization for Tropical Studies, Costa Rica

Scholarships / Awards

2009 – 2010: Scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
2008: Hypercube Scholar Award (excellence in Chemistry)
2007: Goldwater Scholar
2007: Phi Beta Kappa Member, National Honor Society


I am fascinated in processes involved in DNA maintenance and repair. These processes are essential in preserving the integrity of the cell and ensuring that the cell is kept healthy throughout its life cycle; however many crucial aspects are still unknown. I look forward to investigating this subject more, as well as exploring other interesting topics in molecular biology through this program.