Alexandra Trott

Dr. Jerome Menet’s Lab

Entrance year: 2012

Hometown: Denton, TX

“My research investigates how the circadian clock controls rhythmic transcription and how de-synchronization of these rhythms leads to diseases. In particular, one of my projects is studying how shift work leads to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.”

Research Specialties

Bioinformatics and Genomics

Medical Genetics- Human and Animal

Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics

How did the first year of the program help you prepare for your independent research project?

In my first year here at Texas A&M I was allowed to dig into the literature and read about my project. Furthermore, I was allowed to write for my first trainee grant which I was lucky enough to receive. That whole experience really taught me how to think about projects and that occasionally you get rewarded for it.

What is at least one big lesson you have learned in the Genetics graduate program that you think is widely applicable to your future pursuits?

Pick your mentors carefully! Grad school is all about learning and developing a new idea in your field and a lot of times you have to do this independently. So, making sure that you can communicate with your mentors is huge in making this process faster and more enjoyable.

Fun Facts:

Fuego or Torchy’s?   

No way to both of those. West End Elixir for their stone oven pizzas and drinks!

Who was your famous role model growing up?   

I don’t think I had one. I was all about being outside and being with animals!