Undergraduate Research Program

Isabelle Young

Major: Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology
Mentor: Lisa Maves, Seattle Children’s Research Hospital – UW medicine department of pediatrics

Contact: iyoung42@uw.edu

Current research project: Identifying New Roles for the Proteasome Pathway in Congenital Heart Defects


Isabelle is a graduating senior majoring in MCD biology focusing in genetics. Having gained research experience in human developmental biology during her Summer internship at Seattle Children’s Research Hospital, Isabelle has discovered her interests in studying the genetics of mental health disorders and developing better treatments.

Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
Currently I am using zebrafish to further study how different genes play a factor in developmental heart disorders


When, how, and why did you get involved in undergraduate research?
I really liked one of my professor’s teaching style and had developed a relationship with them during office hours. At the end of the quarter I reached out and asked if I could work on a project that aligned with the subjects that his lab was already studying. He was excited to have me as a part of his lab and talk about possible projects that interested me.


What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
Don’t be afraid to walk away from something that no longer interests you. A lot of the faculty understand that we’re all trying to find what we want to study and are very supportive of that process.