B&W 2I recently received my Ph.D. in genetics through the Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology program 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 factor Mei5-Sae3 stimulates the meiotic recombinase Dmc1.