Kyle Swovick

Graduate Student, The Ghaemmaghami Lab

You work in a laboratory.  What are you currently researching?

I work in the Ghaemmaghami Lab. We utilize mass spectrometry-based techniques to investigate protein homeostasis. In particular, I study the conservation of protein turnover to understand the relationship between protein turnover and aging.  

What was it that originally sparked your interest in biology?

I have always enjoyed trying to figure out puzzles and I feel like biology just happens to be the most intricate puzzle of them all. The way that everything interplays with each other is fascinating and trying to tease out all of those little threads that connect all of the processes is incredibly rewarding. 

What do you enjoy most about working here at the U of R?

I love how collaborative the environment is here. Professors and the other students are always more than happy to help with any questions you have about a field or a new technique. 

How do you unwind when you’re not in the lab?

Usually, I’m out walking my dog. However, when I’m home, I’m either planning out my next beer recipe or playing video games. 

What is one thing about yourself that you’d like more people to know?

Currently I’m training to do my first half-marathon and looking forward to participating in the Smuttynose half-marathon in New Hampshire in the fall. Eventually, I would like to be able to do a full marathon.