My real name is Britton Hipple, and I am currently a second year graduate student, pursing a PhD in Biochemistry. I chose to use the theme of the Blogging Parasite for this blog as that is a direct representation of my research in the lab of Dr. Zachary Mackey. My interest is in the DNA replication of the African extracellular parasite Trypanosoma brucei. Previous studies have shown that the parasite uses homologs of the Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen (PCNA) and extracellular-signal regulated kinase 8 (ERK8), both of which are involved in DNA replication, and more specifically may be present in the replisome. However, the remainder of the replisome is less characterized in T. brucei. My research focus is to demonstrate a more comprehensive view of the T. brucei replisome to identify potential therapeutic targets.
This blog is currently used as part of the Pedagogical Practices in Contemporary Contexts class (GRAD 5114) at Virginia Tech. This semester will include:
1) Actively engaging with the course materials and by collaborative, dialogic interaction with others.
2) Developing a critically-engaged, self-reflective teaching praxis that goes beyond content delivery.
3) Exploring and evaluating tools, approaches and learning environments that support active co-learning in our own and other disciplines.
4) Developing a teaching philosophy, syllabus and problem-based learning project informed by one’s critically-engaged, self-reflective teaching praxis using the tools and environments best suited to amplify learning