Undergraduate MSI Researcher Named Goldwater Scholar

posted on April 3, 2014

Rachel Soble, a UM Twin Cities undergraduate, has been named a 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Ms. Soble is in the research group of MSI Principal Investigator Jeffrey Gralnick (associate professor, BioTechnology Institute). The annual Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

Ms. Soble, who is in the University Honors Program, is her third year of a five-year undergraduate program. She is studying for degrees in genetics, cell biology, and development and computer science and is planning to pursue a Ph.D. in computational biology. Her interest is in computational frameworks for research in microbial ecology and physiology. More information can be found on the College of Science and Engineering website.

The Gralnick group’s research at MSI uses Tn-Seq, a technique for evaluating genes in an organism, to study the extracellular respiration of the bacterium Shewanella oneidensis. The group uses MSI resources to analyze Illumina datasets. More information about this research can be found on the Gralnick group’s abstract page.