The below report details the results of the research supported through the generous funding provided by the Warren J. Baker Endowment for Excellence in Project Based Learning and the Robert D. Koob Endowment for Student Success. Over the past year our lab has been able to make significant advances towards our goal of creating a high quality expression and purification platform for squid protein Reflectin. Furthermore, we have continued our developments in piloting that platform to synthesize non-standard amino acid incorporating Reflectin to better understand the mechanisms of tunable squid camouflage. In preforming this research, multiple Cal Poly undergraduates have developed skills in experimental planning, troubleshooting, and science communication that could only be developed through undertaking scientific research firsthand.
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