Paul D'Cunha

Student

Emory University
Department of Biochemistry
Office: Rollins Research Center
4150 Rollins Research Center
AtlantaGA 30322
Email: jpaul.d'cunha@emory.edu

Biography

My name is Paul D’Cunha and I am a Junior at Emory University. I am from Lubbock, Texas but I have lived in several places ranging from Montana to New York. I am currently majoring in Chemistry (B.S.) and Mathematics (B.A.). Previously, I worked in an inorganic chemistry lab here at Emory under the mentorship of Dr. Hill in the department of chemistry studying new synthetic methods for adding Zirconium to polyoxometalates. I also worked in an internship at the Texas Tech Health Sciences School of Medicine in the department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology under the mentorship of Dr. Karamyshev. My research involved investigating the role of Single Recognition Particle (SRP) subunits in the RAPP pathway. I investigated the function of different SRP subunits by using RNAi technology. I have research experience with the following techniques: qPCR (total RNA purification), Western Blot (including cell lysis), molecular cloning, eukaryotic transfection, IR, NMR and Mass Spectroscopy analysis. My main goal of joining the Liang lab is to learn important biochemical research techniques such as protein purification techniques and learn the foundations of Cyro-EM and X-ray crystallography. I am excited to participate in engaging scientific discovery and critical thinking in this relatively new approach to studying structural biology. My long-term goals are joining medical school and specializing in internal medicine while focusing on research. Outside of academic work, I also enjoy spending time volunteering at Emory Hospital and actively participating in Volunteer Emory activities and on campus clubs. My hobbies include basketball, tennis, swimming, playing the violin and reading.