Sammy Keyport Kik

Graduate student
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skeyportobfuscate@uchicago.edu

Sammy is a graduate student in the Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology graduate program at the University of Chicago. She joined the Drummond lab in July 2018.

Sammy recevied her B.S. in Molecular Biology in 2016 from Loyola University Chicago. Her undergraduate work explored microbial community diversity in wetlands inundated with invasive species.

Sammy’s research utilizes genetics, biochemistry, and computational biology to address the fundamental question: how do cells across the tree of life sense and respond to stress? Specifically, her currernt work explores stress-induced protein condensation as a conserved, adaptive, and tuned response to features of the cellular and organismal environment. Sammy’s work is supported by the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) F31 via the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

In her free time, Sammy is an assistant editor at the Illinois Science Council blog, and she watches a lot of soccer.

Papers

Adaptive preservation of orphan ribosomal proteins in chaperone-stirred condensates

Posts

Some like it hot: temperature signals across the tree of life