Hello! My name is Erin Sorlien, and I am from South Kingstown, Rhode Island. I completed my B.S. in microbiology and B.A. in chemistry from the University of Rhode Island in May 2013.
My interest in research began as a freshman through my work in the chemistry department at URI. I was involved in several projects including the development and testing of thermochromic pigments, catalytic degradation of cellulose to produce precursors for biofuels and synthesis of novel salts to improve the longevity of lithium ion batteries. I completed my senior honors project analyzing the effect of an insertion mutation on the activity of Chondroitin AC lyase, a proposed virulence factor of the fish pathogen, Flavobacterium columnare.
In the fall of 2013 I joined the Ph.D. program in the Department of Biochemistry at Purdue University. After rotating in three labs during my first year, I joined the Ogas lab, where we are studying the role of CHD proteins in epigenetic regulation of gene expression, and involvement in determining cellular developmental identity. We are using the zebrafish model system to understand how CHD5 functions as a tumor suppressor and what role it plays in development.
Outside of research I enjoy spending time with my dog Nemo, running, playing soccer or any other competitive sport. My favorite times though are those spent with my crazy family, especially those on the beach!