Casey Trevino

Thu Sep 14, 2017
Meet Casey Trevino, a biology major. According to Trevino, stem cells offer an opportunity to find treatments for many human ailments. "The possibilities are endless, from skin grafts to helping a wounded soldier regain muscle function," she elaborated. This year, Trevino and fellow students Joanna Frontera and Damien Seay, as well as their professor, Dr. Daiyuan “Daisy” Zhang, sought to find out if the same things are possible with other types of stem cells, such as those from chickens and mice. Over the summer Trevino and her team attempted to get chicken and mouse stem cells to differentiate. To successfully differentiate, a less specialized cell has to become a more specialized cell. "Everyone knows that with chickens you’re going to get E. coli, but after some failures we figured it out," Trevino said. Success meant getting those chicken and mouse stem cells to become myofibril, which is the basic rod-like unit of a muscle cell. "I'm getting to do all this as a sophomore and compete with schools like A&M or the University of Texas,” Trevino said. “That's what I think makes Del Mar unique." She added that this fall she and her team will continue to refine their approach to see if chicken stem cells can become a tool for healing. #vikingproudwednesday