The best of luck to you, Jeremy! We will miss you.
Each summer, the MBSB graduate program hires several undergraduate students from throughout the US through the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) of School of Medicine. Mr. Jeremy Gonzalez was one of such SURP students who worked in the laboratory of Prof. Angela Gronenborn in MBSB in 2019 summer. Jeremy was a smart and dedicated student and a fast learner. Thus, he made a significant contribution to the research program on eye lens crystallins, which earned him co-authorship on a paper entitled “Assessing the Structures and Interactions of γD-Crystallin Deamidation Variants” that was published in the journal Structure in 2021. Luckily for us, his story at Pitt did not end with this publication. Upon finishing his undergraduate studies and graduation from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, Jeremy returned to the Gronenborn lab in September 2021 to continue his research as a post-baccalaureate fellow. He continued to work on crystallins, this time focusing on assessing the structure and properties of protein variants that are thought to be associated with catatact . Prof. Gronenrbon commented, “after he returned to he laboratory, Jeremy became an active driver of his project. He pursued his experiments with passion and absolute commitment. And, last weekend (Memorial Day weekend), Jeremy’s last weekend in Pittsburgh, he was in the lab on Saturday, still growing cells to make more protein. This is real dedication!” In the fall, Jeremy will start his medical studies at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Jeremey, thank you for all your hard work and we wish you well for your future.