Title: Research Associate
Laboratory: Gottesfeld lab. "Joel is great.
He's very available and runs a tight-knit group."
Duties: Working on a project that addresses
potential HIV therapy involving down-regulating a protein,
CCR5, that is absent in long-term HIV survivors. Burnett is
looking at ways to modulate this gene expression through DNA-binding
small molecules. "It's a promising and relevant project. I'm
really excited about what I am doing."
Background: Bachelor's degree from Indiana
University, Indianapolis. Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of
Technology, where he worked on RNA-modifying enzymes.
Why He Came to TSRI: "Although the benefits
at Scripps are a plus, the science and scientists were key."
Family Life: Newly wed to Peri, who will
soon begin teaching African art history at the California
State University, Northridge.
Extracurriculars: Photography and video,
especially of a recent trip to Ethiopia, where his wife was
researching the social, political, and historical significance
of women's art. "Truly, it was hard to take bad pictures there,"
Burnett says. He is still cataloging the images from the trip
and working on a documentary video with the goal of recording
and preserving Oromo culture.
Research Associate Ryan Burnett was
drawn to TSRI by the science and scientists. In his spare
time, he works on photography and video projects, such as
he took on a recent trip to Ethiopia.Photo
by Kevin Fung.