Hello and welcome to my website!
My name is Linda Honaker and I have recently graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) with a BS in Biochemistry. From 2012 to 2014, I was a fellow in the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program, funded by the National Institute of Health/National Institute of General Medicinal Sciences. This fall, I will begin the Molecules, Cells and Organisms PhD Program at Harvard University.
It was not until a professor told me, “You think like a chemist!” that I saw myself as a scientist. As a nutrition major at San Diego State University (SDSU), I was required to take this professor's introductory chemistry course. In that class I discovered that the answers to many chemical and biological questions are not found in the back of a textbook or in a professor’s key. Instead, problems are solved by posing questions, critical thinking and careful design of controlled experiments. Eager to learn more, I declared biochemistry as my major.
Through a variety of research experiences, I have become fascinated with the challenges and applications of biological chemistry. My initial exposure to research came in 2010, when I joined the bioinorganic laboratory of Dr. Laurance Beauvais and synthesized microporous solids for use as catalysts. I then explored the use of laser wave-mixing for the sensitive detection of biomarker proteins research in Dr. William Tong’s analytical laser spectroscopy laboratory. As part of the Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard Program, I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Rachelle Gaudet, which seeks to determine the structural biology of signaling and transport through biological membranes. I then conducted my senior research project in the structural biochemistry laboratory of Dr. Tom Huxford at SDSU, which studies how the structures of signaling proteins relate to their mechanisms of function.
I am now committed to pursuing a doctoral degree and becoming a scientific researcher that contributes to increasing our knowledge of life at the molecular level. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!