My name is Ben Carter and I'm from Greenwood, Indiana. I earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry with a math minor from IUPUI and subsequently worked as a volatile compounds analyst at Pace Analytical Services in Indianapolis, Indiana.
I joined the Department of Biochemistry Ph.D. program in fall 2010. Although I considered several universities for my graduate education, the program in the Department of Biochemistry at Purdue stood out to me strongly for its welcoming environment, favorable cost of living, faculty expertise, and student to professor ratio.
After rotating in four different labs during my first year, I chose to work in the Ogas lab where we study a class of chromatin remodeling proteins known as CHDs in Arabidopsis thaliana and zebrafish (Danio rerio). The CHD proteins have roles in epigenetic regulation of gene expression and are involved in cellular developmental identity and tumor suppression.
In my free time I enjoy playing basketball, video games with friends, and cheering for the Indianapolis Colts and Pacers.