Harley Fredriksen

SURP student Harley Fredriksen and mentor Dr. Yoon Hee Cho
Harley Fredriksen and SURP mentor Dr. Yoon Hee Cho

School: University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point      
Major: Biochemistry, Biology
Current Year in College: Senior    
Mentors: Yoon Hee Cho and Traci Brown
SURP Project Title: Evaluating Epigenetic Alterations by Multi-walled Carbon Nanotube Exposure

School Awards/Honors:

  • -Honors for 5 semesters
  • -High Honors for 2 semesters

Extracurricular Activities:

  • -Volunteer at Camp Onaway
  • -Treasurer, Captain, and Officer for the UWSP Men’s Lacrosse Club
  • -Member of the Pre-Med Club

About Harley

I’m originally from Neenah, WI, but I go to school at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. This fall starts my final year there, and after graduating I plan to attend either medical school or graduate school. Outside of school, I like to stay active doing things like biking, hiking, camping, or playing any sort of sports. When the weather doesn’t accommodate, I also enjoy reading, listening to music, and board/card games.

In school, however, I have always been interested in science. In particular, human health and environmental science were the areas that attracted me most. The research here at the CEHS was a perfect fit, studying environmental impacts on human health. Epigenetics is a developing field, and its main concern is how the genome is affected by our experiences. The project I’m doing couples epigenetics with physiology, connecting genomic changes with body responses following exposure to carbon nanotubes. This is environmental health on a molecular level; not only is the pathology evident but we also get to see how and what changes are made to the DNA itself.  I enjoy the interdisciplinary aspect of the project, and hope to use what I have learned so far (epigenetic mechanisms, lab techniques) to potentially conduct research of my own in the future.

For more information about SURP, please visit:  https://education.cehs.health.umt.edu/content/summer-undergraduate-research-program
For more information about the Center for Environmental Health Sciences, please visit:  http://cehsweb.health.umt.edu/