B&W 2I am a Ph.D. candidate in Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology (GGSB) at the University of Chicago. I work in the laboratory of Dr. Douglas Bishop, whose work is focused on understanding the programmed homologous recombination that occurs during meiosis I. I am currently using a combination of biochemical, genetic, and cytological approaches to investigate the biological mechanism through which the accessory factors (Mei5-Sae3, Hop2-Mnd1, and Rad51) of the meiotic recombinase Dmc1 stimulate Dmc1’s activity.