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Daniel Loftus

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About Me

Although my family moved frequently when I was a kid, I spent most of my time growing up around Del Rio, a small town in southwest Texas. My real interest in science did not come until I was already a year into undergrad. I spent the first year studying musical theatre instead! I eventually had the realization that a more academic career would be more satisfying, at which time I made the switch to biology. After bouncing around a couple of community colleges, I ended up at the University of Texas at Austin, where I graduated with degrees in biochemistry and cell and molecular biology. My interests in biology steadily moved towards biochemistry during undergrad, and I hope to continue this path in grad school. I am particularly interested in RNA biochemistry, protein dynamics, and enzyme mechanisms. I am also interested in the application of physical chemistry to understanding biological phenomena. Outside of science, I enjoy playing the piano and singing (I never have completely rejected my musical theatre background) as well as reading and exploring the outdoors.