Briggs Fellowship

2021 Briggs Fellow: Ishara Ariyapala

Ishara Ariyapala is a Ph.D. student in Associate Professor Nicholas Sokol’s lab. Her research focuses on understanding post transcriptional gene regulatory mechanisms in adult stem cell populations. Ishara is studying how genes are post transcriptionally regulated by RNA-binding proteins to maintain adult intestinal stem cells, using the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) as the model.

2021 Briggs Fellow: Yasaman Heidarian

Yasaman Heidarian is a Ph.D. student in Associate Professor Jason Tennessen's lab. Her research uses the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model to understand how carbohydrate metabolism supports the biosynthetic and energetic needs of animal growth and development. Yasaman is studying how carbohydrate metabolism is activated during juvenile growth and examining how small molecules produced by this metabolic program influence cell signaling pathways. In particular, she is interested in understanding how molecular mechanisms that allow cells to survive in low oxygen environments are also used by rapidly growing tissues to support biomass production.