Tasnia Islam

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Favorite movie: Moonlight

Hometown: Pomona, NY

Non-science activity: Finding quality memes

Dream benchmate: Hannibal Buress

One item from your bucket list: Try the $1000 sundae from Serendipity- the world's most expensive dessert

Your scientific interests:  Cellular signaling, metabolomics and proteomics, as well as synthetic biology

Current research interests:  Currently assisting in projects surrounding the regulation of mTOR through various substrates and the nature of these interactions with the mTOR complex 1, or mTORC1. Pyruvate is a substrate of particular interest in consideration of the central role mTOR has in glucose metabolism within the cell. Through these projects we hope to further elucidate how pyruvate may affect mTOR's role in integrating inputs such as ATP levels and other cellular nutrients.