Matt Schaich is a 2016-2020 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He received a B.S. (2014) in biochemistry and a B.A. (2014) in music from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His current research interests include using X-ray crystallography to visualize DNA repair on the atomic level in Dr. Bret Freudenthal’s laboratory of genome maintenance and structural biology. With this technique, Schaich is able to visualize the formation and cleavage of covalent bonds within double stranded DNA, which allows for in-depth analysis of the mechanisms of DNA repair and damage tolerance. Schaich hopes that advancements in understanding how DNA damage is processed will lead to new treatments for cancer and aging.
Mentor: Bret D. Freudenthal, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology