Peer Research Ambassador Fraser McGurk

OUR Peer Research Ambassador Fraser McGurk '25, Major: Molecular & Cell Biology; Minor: Bioinformatics.

Fraser (He/Him/His) is a junior majoring in Molecular and Cell biology with a minor in Bioinformatics. On campus he is involved as the vice president of UConn’s genetic engineering club iGEM, where he and others are researching enzyme-based biodegradation methods for synthetic estrogen to prevent runoff and subsequent chemical pollution. Fraser’s other hobbies include skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and anything outdoors!

Fraser first began research in the summer of 2022 at the Center for Vascular Biology at UConn Health as part of the Health Research Program under the supervision of Dr. Mallika Ghosh, studying the role of CD13 in macrophage intercellular fusion, and has continued his research into the academic year. Fraser has since received a SURF Award for the summer of 2023 researching the role of CD13 in the immune foreign body response to medically implanted devices, using primary mammalian cell culture and in vivo mouse models. Fraser additionally has experience presenting his findings in numerous poster symposiums, including the annual BIG EAST Undergraduate Research Symposium in New York City, where his presentation earned him second place overall.

In the future, Fraser plans to attend graduate school to pursue immuno-oncology research, and later plans to join the biotech industry to further develop innovative therapeutic medicine. Fraser is committed to helping students navigate the complex world of research and find opportunities that fit their interests. Please reach out to Fraser with any questions regarding research programs, getting involved in research, planning for graduate school, or any other research related questions!

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