Marissa Burns

Marissa Burns
Mentor: Dr. Jorg Bungert
College of Medicine
"Everyone in the Bungert Lab is very down to earth, friendly and polite. Experimental gene regulation was an area of research I was always curious to learn more about since I learned extensive information about its effects and causes in some of my classes such as Biochemistry."





Research Interests

  • Noncoding RNA
  • Beta Globin
  • Transcription

Academic Awards

  • President's Honor Roll
  • Dean's List


  • Alpha Epsilon Delta
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Dancin' Gators


  • Baby Gator
  • Special Olympics
  • Top Soccer

Hobbies and Interests

  • Going to the Gym
  • Shopping
  • Going to the Beach
  • Traveling

Research Description

Function of Noncoding RNA Produced from the Beta Globin Locus Control Region
I will be trying to determine the function of noncoding RNA produced from the Beta globin Locus Control Region. The first step in determining this will be to knock down the ncRNA by shRNA, or another form of post-transcriptional silencing, to determine the effect this has on downstream gene regulation. From here, other techniques such as Western blots or ChIP experiments will be used to explore the functional mechanisms associated with these ncRNA.