Maria Nunez Hernandez

2015-16 Latham Fellow
Majoring in Biochemistry

Maria is a biochemistry major and is currently working in Dr. Madeline Shea’s lab in the biochemistry department. Her research project deals with an enzyme, Calcineurin, that is important in muscle development, heart development and in activating the immune system. Calcineurin is also a target of immunosuppressant drugs, which have various negative side effects. Her research seeks to elucidate the mechanism of activation of Calcineurin so that better immunosuppressant’s may be developed in the future.