Riley Mangan

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Student. Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. 
Program in Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB), 2018-Present

I am a graduate student in the lab of Craig B. Lowe, where I study the genetic control of human brain evolution. My work combines tools from evolutionary developmental biology, cell and molecular neuroscience, and comparative genomics to investigate how changes in gene regulation have led to human-unique disease susceptibility and the emergence of human-specific neurological traits of language, consciousness, and cognition.

Prior to joining Duke CMB, I worked for two years as a research technician in the laboratory of Dr. Sallie Permar at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute investigating a variety of topics related to mother to child transmission of HIV-1. In particular, I investigated the mechanism of interaction between the HIV-1 envelope and the extracellular matrix protein Tenascin-C, which has been previously identified as an innate, broadly HIV-neutralizing factor present in mucosal fluids. 

Bachelor of Science, 2016
Davidson College (Davidson, NC, USA)
Biology, Magna Cum Laude

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