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Mira May


Mira was an incoming junior (class of 2021) majoring in molecular biology at Pomona College, Claremont, CA. She joined the lab as part of the Vanderbilt Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Chemical Biology for the summer 2019.

Mira was creating mutants of mouse arrestin-1 designed to determine the mechanism of phosphate recognition by arestins, particularly the role of the lysine residue in the lariat loop in this process.

Mira is originally from Jena, Germany. At Pomona College, she serves as a molecular biology liaison and as a mentor for Genetics courses. Among other things, Mira enjoys hiking and exploring bookstores.

Papers from the lab

Vishnivetskiy, S.A., Zheng, C., May, M.B., Karnam, P.C., Gurevich, E.V., Gurevich, V.V. Lysine in the lariat loop of arrestin does not serve as phosphate sensor. J Neurochem, in press; doi: 10.1111/jnc.15110 (2020).