Jeremy Murphy

Jeremy Murphy

UCLA-HBCU Summer Research Student

Year in program: 2018

UCLA Mentors: Dr. David Evan Krantz

HBCU Mentors: Dr. Hakeem Lawal


Current Institution: Washington University School of Law

Jeremy spent three and a half years in a neuroscience lab at Delaware State University. He studied behavior in drosophila that had mutations in the gene encoding for VAChT. Their group looked to see how the transportation of acetylcholine affects the aging process. At UCLA he was able to spend the summer with Dr. Krantz who had previously served as a mentor to Jeremy’s mentor from Delaware State. Jeremy had a great experience, and was able to accomplish a lot as he already had a lot of experience with fruit flies. At UCLA his project specifically focused on tracking the presence of octopamine in the larval neuromuscular junction. Currently, he attends Washington University School of Law. Jeremy hopes to pursue intellectual property law where he can bridge his interest for science and the law.