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Title: Gene Analyses Use in Vitamin D Receptor

Name: Evan Cohen

Major: Genetics

School affiliation: School of Arts and Sciences

Programs: Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey MacMillan Cancer Genetics Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (HGI-SURF)

Other contributors: Michael Verzi, Rohit Aita, Sohaib Hassan

Abstract: Through an understanding of computational tools, I was able to construct a guidebook for peers to use that includes step-by-step instructions on many genetic analysis programs. I then used these tools to differentiate RNA expression upon Vitamin D treatment in mice colon, crypt, and villus tissue. This showed promising results in the correlation of Vitamin D stimulating Calcium uptake and also provided further avenues of research to look into Vitamin D’s role in immune response.