Undergraduate Student Spotlight


Cara Jones is a rising senior at Georgia State University. She is a Biology major, an Honor’s college member, Vice President of the Synthetic Biology club, and an iGEM student leader. After transferring from Lanier Tech in 2015, Cara joined the Honor’s College and made the President’s list for multiple semesters. Subsequently, a Genetic Engineering Ethics seminar taught by Dr. Eric Gilbert introduced her to the field of synthetic biology. Through that learning experience, she discovered the iGEM lab on campus. Thus, began the spark that lit the torch of passion she carries for synthetic/molecular biology research.

Since joining iGEM, Cara has developed both wet and dry lab skills. In addition to honing her abilities in a laboratory, she also learned to step out of her comfort zone. For example, she has always feared public speaking, especially in large classes. During her time in iGEM, Cara has delivered multiple presentations at two annual International Genetically Engineered Machine conferences in Boston and numerous campus events (including GSURC). However, she most treasures the time and experience of working with her team members to reach their project goals. Furthermore, Cara is a research obsessed, sometimes hyper-focused, and driven student who strives to raise the bar in undergraduate research. Without a doubt, her experience in iGEM under the guidance of Dr. Matthew Brewer has bolstered her confidence and helped her to realize her potential.  To learn more about what iGEM is doing, visit http://2017.igem.org/Team:Georgia_State.

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