Kendra Marr

MS II
College of Medicine – Tucson
Year Entered Program: 
2016
Degrees Received: 

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, May 2014 B.S. Biology – Cell Biology Concentration Minor in Chemistry Minor in Japanese Language & Culture

About Me: 

I grew up in Kansas City, Kansas always wanting to be a physician, and later developed a second passion for research while working as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at the University of Kansas. Outside of science and medicine I have kept up a few unique hobbies, such as bowling and drawing. I started bowling on leagues in elementary school, and have been drawing ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil. Another significant interest of mine is in the language and culture of Japan. Over the past ten years, I’ve studied Japanese through a mix of self-instruction and coursework. During college, I took the incredible opportunity to study abroad in Tokyo for a semester. These experiences have proven to be useful and exciting in many ways, and further lead me to develop a passion for learning about other languages and cultures. The disciplines of science and medicine are incredibly diverse, so I hope my studies help me become a more compassionate, well-rounded physician scientist who can make strong contributions to this international field.

Honors & Awards: 
  • Presidential recognition for volunteer efforts as a Certified Application Counselor, 2016
  • Departmental Honors in Biology, University of Kansas, 2014
  • University of Kansas Honors Program, 2014
  • Undergraduate Research Award, University of Kansas, 2013
  • Office of Study Abroad Scholarship, University of Kansas, 2013
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Scholarship, 2013
  • Freshman Academic Scholarship, University of Kansas, 2010
Selected Publications: 
  1. Ragkousi K, Marr K, McKinney S, Ellington L, Gibson MC. Cell-Cycle-Coupled Oscillations in Apical Polarity and Intercellular Contact Maintain Order in Embryonic Epithelia. Curr Biol. 2017 May 8;27(9):1381-1386. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.03.064. Epub 2017 Apr 27. PubMed PMID: 28457868.

  2. Erwin AA, Galdos MA, Wickersheim ML, Harrison CC, Marr KD, Colicchio JM, Blumenstiel JP. piRNAs Are Associated with Diverse Transgenerational Effects on Gene and Transposon Expression in a Hybrid Dysgenic Syndrome of D. virilis. PLoS Genet. 2015 Aug 4;11(8):e1005332. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005332. eCollection 2015 Aug 4. PubMed PMID: 26241928; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4524669

Presentations

  • Marr, K.D., Ramanathan, S.P., and Gibson, M.C. (2015, April 17). Role of TOR signaling in controlling epithelial junctions. Poster presentation at The Stowers Institute for Medical Research Young Invesigator Retreat.

  • Marr, K.D. (2014, May 10). Factors Influencing Eggshell Defects in a Strain of Drosophila virilis that Carries a High Transposon Load. Oral thesis defense at The University of Kansas Biology Honors Symposium. Marr, K.D. (2014, April 26). The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Factors Influencing Eggshell Defects in a Strain of Drosophila virilis that Carries a High Transposon Load. Oral presentation at The University of Kansas Undergraduate Research Symposium.

  • Marr, K.D. (2014, April 26). The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Factors Influencing Eggshell Defects in a Strain of Drosophila virilis that Carries a High Transposon Load. Oral presentation at The University of Kansas Undergraduate Research Symposium