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Griffin Chure
Graduate Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics  
California Institute of Technology

Griffin chure

Griffin received his Bachelor of Science in Biology with Honors, his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a biology emphasis, and a Minor in Physics from the University of Utah. He also received his Associate of Science degree from Utah State University. He is currently a graduate student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics PhD program at Caltech in Pasadena, California.  

How has your participation in the Bioscience Program had an impact on your career?
I can attribute a great deal of my motivation to become a research scientist to the Bioscience Undergraduate Research Program. The two years I spent in the program taught me how to write research proposals, present my research to other scientists, read scientific papers, and perform the assays used in modern biological research. I also made many of my close friends in the program who have given me much advice and laughs over the years.

What advice would you give current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
Make an effort to explore science out of your comfort level. I began my college career hating physics, but stuck with the classes and found myself loving it. Before long, I became interested in its intricate relationship with biological processes. It is also important to remember that while important, grades aren’t everything. Study hard and pay attention in class, but be sure to be involved in science outside the classroom. Being involved in research as an undergraduate will give you a greater understanding of what you learned in the classroom (and is very important in showing the admissions committee your potential to succeed in graduate school).

What accomplishments are you most proud of (professionally and/or personally)?
Professionally, I most proud of my research I conducted in the David Blair lab on the assembly of the bacterial flagellar motor. During my time in the lab, we were able to determine the function of FlhE, a flagellar protein of unknown function. I am also proud of passing p-chem (although I am not proud of the language I used doing the homework).

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?  Family?  Hobbies?  Interests?

I spend most of my free time riding my bicycle, binge-watching television, brewing beer (although more time is spent consuming it), and reading science fiction.  On a more professional level, I am very interested in the role science plays in public policy and how the quality of scientific education can be improved in rural public schools.


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