Benjamin Zaepfel

Benjamin ZaepfelPlanning to graduate in the Spring of 2017, Ben is studying Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Physiology with a minor in Mathematics. He works in the lab of Dr. Daniela Zarnescu studying Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis using a fruit fly model. With the overarching goal of determining the role of TDP-43 aggregation on the degeneration of motor neurons, he seeks to identify dysregulated RNA-binding proteins in flies affected by ALS pathology. Outside of the lab and classroom, he acts as a co-president of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Club, and is a student ambassador for the Honors College, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. One of his greatest passions is organizing community service events through the Undergraduate Biology Research Program. In the future, he wishes to pursue a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to study early detection of cancer.