Undergraduate Research Program

Rodrigo Gallardo

Rodrigo Gallardo sitting at a fountain

Major:Intended Major: Biology
Mentor:Brian Hayes, Kraig Abrams, Beverly Torok-Storb, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Contact: rodrig5@uw.edu

Current research project: Introducing gene edited plasmid DNA into ML3 cells to differentiate using cell marker antibodies




An upcoming senior at the University of Washington. Having research experiences during his high school career at the “Center for Infectious Disease Research” studying Malaria, and in the summer of his freshman year working under the Alva Genome Project where he had an opportunity to do research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, developing a new way of combating cancer by taking advantage of NK radiation resistance and eventually moving on to gene editing and transplanting plasmids into different cells cultures. He is still keeping an open mind to new research techniques and disciplines so he discover ways he can most effectively help underrepresented communities.

Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
Antibodies to cell marker proteins are powerful tools for organizing and defining cellular structures by identifying proteins that are unique to them. Multiple antibodies can also be employed in tandem to validate the proper location and specificity of the proteins under investigation. The subcellular location of a protein can assist researchers figure out what part (or roles) it plays in various cellular processes.

When, how, and why did you get involved in undergraduate research?
Putting myself out there to research opportunities during high school has allowed me to network and find willing mentors who were able to guide me into the right direction. Without the support of mentors and peers I wouldn’t have found myself in a position in where I am surrounded the tools and resources I have grown so passionate about.

What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
Live is full of uncertainty so be kind to yourself and allow yourself to be open minded and be vulnerable to gaining knowledge.