Undergraduate Research Program

Keong Mu Jason Lim

Jason in of stage with his arms crossedMajor: Neuroscience
Mentor: Matt Kaeberlein & Jason Pitt, Department of Pathology; Cory Kelly, Department of Neurological Surgery

Contact: kml0926@uw.edu

Current research project: Large-Scale Screening of Genes that Affect Hypoxic Rescue of Frataxin Deficiency and ISC Biogenesis in Yeast


Jason is a senior, studying neuroscience. He works in both basic and translational research at two labs. He recently started working on “Large-scale screening of genes that affect hypoxic rescue of frataxin deficiency and ISC biogenesis in yeast” at the Kaeberleing Lab. At Stroke and Applied NeuroScience (SANS) Center, he will continue to study the molecular basis of pathophysiology of intracranial aneurysm formation.


Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
Both of my research projects are clinically relevant. At the Kaeberlein Lab, I am trying to find molecular mechanisms that can help us better understand Friedreich’s ataxia. At the SANS Center, he is working towards understanding how aneurysms form at the cellular level.


When, how, and why did you get involved in undergraduate research?
I started my first college-level research in social sciences in high school to mainly find ways to advocate for underprivileged populations. As my interests shifted to STEM, I naturally picked up STEM related research.


What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
Do not be afraid of failures and voicing your ideas.