EDIAN ANDRES HERRERA TEQUIA
Professional interests and goals: Before joining the Grotewold lab as a visiting scholar and during my master's degree, I was focused on the molecular and biochemical characterization of two NAD+-dependent deacetylases (Sirtuins) from the human parasite Giardia lamblia. At that time, my work sought to understand the role of those proteins during the propagative cell-development (cysts) in the protozoan. Now at MSU, I continue exploring science and I am working on basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors (bHLHs) in maize. My work is mainly focused on how small molecules can modulate the bHLH interaction with its DNA target and regulate gene expression.
General interests: During my free time, I am passionate about photography and birding.