Gary Kapral

PhD Candidate, Duke University

Welcome to My Online Portfolio

I am a sixth-year graduate student at Duke University in the Department of Biochemistry. My thesis work in the Richardsons' Lab investigates the nature of RNA-protein interactions, specifically how they relate to RNA backbone. Such interactions are essential for alternative splicing, RNA interference, and ribozyme function. Much of my work relates to ribosome structure, a topic whose importance was highlighted by the 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. More details can be found on my Research page.

My teaching interests lie in promoting investigative science in the classroom, allowing students to apply their knowledge to problems that have not been solved before. I favour experiential learning, cultivating an interest in science while empowering students to explore on their own. Some examples can be found on my Teaching page.