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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Nirmala Jayaraman

Visiting Student

nirmala jayaraman

Nirmala Jayaraman

Visiting Student

Education: 
BA Anthropology, Union College, Schenectady, NY
PhD Student, Psychology, Antioch University of New England, Keene, NH
Research synopsis: 

My research interests include maternal tobacco cessation and pregnancy, genetics of teratogens, placenta epigenetics. My role in the Wallingford Lab is to perform gene expression experiments that test whether a specific gene’s absence impacts the expression of other genes that control placenta development in mice. The techniques I use for this include polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to genotype tissues, quantitative RT-PCR for assessing gene expression level, and in situ hybridization to observe RNA localization.