2017 CURE Intern: Reed Shelby

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Reed Shelby

Jesuit High School

Mentor: Kimberly Beatty, Ph.D.

Reed Shelby's life has been greatly influenced by a moment that occurred in the summer between fourth and fifth grade, when he was hit in the right eye with some dirt. While this would be only a minor irritation to many, due to Reed's genetic inheritance of sickle cell anemia, this injury caused onset glaucoma which damaged the optic nerve. This left him blind in all but the periphery of his eye. The effects of this injury have influenced his interest in genetics, specifically research in genetic engineering.

As a recent graduate from Jesuit High School, Reed maintained a high GPA. He took a number of advanced classes, including some where he was the only underclassman. He is an avid athlete, and played basketball for Jesuit High.Outside of school, Reed is active in service opportunities, and organized a week-long sports camp for children on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. In the fall of 2017, Reed will be attending Santa Clara University in California.

Reed is a second year participant in CURE. In 2016, he interned in the lab of Amanda Lund, Ph.D. In 2017 he is interning in the lab of Kimberly Beatty, Ph.D. His research topic is "The Optimization of Versatile Interacting Peptide Tags".