Brae Bigge is a 2018-2022 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Bigge received a B.S. (2017) in biochemistry from Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. Her research focused on the protein, actin, which helps cells move and maintain their structure. Realizing her interest in this protein, she now studies Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a unicellular alga, and its two distinct actins. Since beginning graduate school, she has co-founded "Grad Student Slack," an online communication platform for graduate students across the world. Due to Bigge's rural Kansas upbringing and her difficulty discovering her passion for science, she also aims to provide opportunities to students, particularly in rural communities, in order to increase their exposure to potential STEM careers. Upon finishing her Ph.D., Bigge hopes to earn a faculty position and open her own lab to inspire other students to pursue science.
Mentor: Prachee Avasthi, Assistant Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology