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Elaine Chan ’14, sitting, and Professor Irene Tang view an image of the yeast S. Pombe in Tang’s lab in the W.M. Keck Science Department.

Undergraduate Research Profile

Finding Answers Through Undergraduate Research Elaine Chan ’14 Project: Do the Phenol Derivatives BPA, BH, BHT, and BHA Induce DNA Damage? Major: Biology

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he Nobel Prize-winning biologist Sydney Brenner has argued great science is about a conversation—that science makes advances through the daily interactions of people focused on common and interesting problems.

“Science is often about failure—you need persistence to be a successful scientist.” —PROFESSOR IRENE TANG

That couldn’t be truer for Professor of Biology Zhaohua Irene Tang and one of her students, Elaine Chan. Chan first met Professor Tang in a cell cycle class as a sophomore—Chan was inspired by the class and wanted to learn more about basic biological research. She has continued to work in Tang’s lab at the W.M. Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, using single-cell yeast (S. pombe) as a model organism to understand whether—and how— certain chemicals in the environment can have an effect on living organisms.

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