Clara Smoniewski

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Biomedical Sciences


PhD, Integrated Biosciences, University of Minnesota Duluth, In Progress

BS, Northland College, 2012

Summary

I work in the lab of Dr. Sara L. Zimmer studying Trypanosomes, parasitic protozoa that cause devastating diseases in livestock and humans. My research focuses on mitochondrial mRNA regulation, more specifically, the post-transcriptional process of non-encoded mitochondrial mRNA tail addition. We believe that these mRNA tails are more involved in gene expression regulation than we currently know, and hope that by studying this process we can understand trypanosomes' mitochondrial mRNA lifecycle more thoroughly.

Awards & Recognition

Frieda M. Kunze Fellowship, University of MN Graduate School, 2020-2021

Thesis Research International Travel Grant, University of MN Graduate School, 2020 

Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation, American Society for Microbiology, North Central Branch Annual Meeting, 2019

Arthur G. Johnson Fellowship, University of MN Medical School Duluth Campus, 2019

Annette Boman Women’s Fellowship, University of MN Medical School Duluth Campus, 2018

Swenson College of Science and Engineering Travel Award, University of MN Duluth, 2018

Graduate School Travel Award, University of MN Duluth, 2018

Dean’s Fellowship, University of MN Medical School Duluth Campus, 2017-2018

Speaker at 101st Commencement Ceremony, Northland College, 2012

Biology Major Merit Award, Northland College, 2012

Environmental Science and Natural Resources Faculty Award, Northland College, 2012

Steen-Tucker Choir Merit Award, Northland College, 2012

Research

Publications

I. Publications 
  1. Hampton, M, Galey, M, Smoniewski, C, Zimmer, SL. (2020) Probabilistic models of biological enzymatic polymerization. In review.
  2. Ramirez-Barrios, R., Susa, EK, Smoniewski, CM, Faacks, SP, Liggett, CK, Zimmer, SL. (2020) A link between mitochondrial gene expression and life stage morphologies in Trypanosoma cruzi. Molecular Microbiology; 00: 1– 19. https://doi.org/10.1111/mmi.14466