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Rachel Bonds

Rachel Bonds

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329 Whitmore Lab
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-6758


Hello, my name is Rachel Bonds! I am from Saline, MI.  In 2015, I graduated with a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan. Go Blue! I chose Penn State’s Forensic Masters Program because of the well-rounded curriculum and because the professors are very personable. They want to get to know you and help with your academic growth as a graduate student because they want you to succeed. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing my violin, hanging out with friends, and running half marathons.

Research Interests

I will be working with Dr. Holland’s research group. My research will be related to the ongoing DNA damage project. I am interested in assessing the impact of different types of damage in both mitochondrial DNA sequences (heteroplasmy) and SNPs as well as exploring different repair mechanisms for damaged DNA.