Named for our former faculty colleague, the John Mack Prescott award recognizes outstanding senior graduate students in their research accomplishments, in the department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Texas A&M University. The 2013 winner is Krystal Morales from the Igumenova lab.
Krystal joined the department in 2008 after getting her B.S. in Chemistry from the Univ. of Puerto Rico. She is expecting to defend her PhD later this year. Krystal’s research focuses on how lead and PIP2 affect the interaction of the C2 domain of protein kinase C (PKC) with membranes. These studies are important for understanding the molecular mechanisms by which PKC responds to environmental signals and may help to shed light on the mechanisms of lead toxicity.
In addition to her excellent research, Krystal was a great spokesperson for the department on the local news when the 800 MHz NMR was delivered: