Veronica Deaquino


Veronica Deaquino
Biological Science
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, CA 92834



My name is Veronica Deaquino and I am currently a senior at California State University Fullerton. My major is in Biological Science with a Concentration in Ecology, Conservation, and Biodiversity. I am also a TACIB (Transforming Academic and Cultural Identity through Biliteracy) scholar and am currently a Bilingual Teacher’s Aide at Sycamore Junior High School under the supervision of Dr. Mark Ellis. I love interacting with students and demonstrating how incredible science is. I love to teach students how to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in the natural sciences, chemistry, and mathematics.

I am currently working under the supervision of Dr. Meyer in his biochemistry lab with four mutant proteins: K310R, K310Q, P288D/K310R, and P288D/K310Q. Under the supervision of Dr. Meyer and his graduate student Vanessa Duong I, along with my three HHMI colleagues are analyzing the activity of these mutant proteins in comparison to the wild type of ADP Glucose Pyrophosphorylase. We are examining whether or not these mutant protein increase enzymatic activity. If, so the ultimate goal would be to see if these mutations could be translated into plant organisms to increase the production of starch to feed third world countries.

I have a passion for teaching and am ultimately looking to use what I learn from my research experience with HHMI and incorporate what I learn into a classroom setting. Upon graduation in December, I plan to enroll into the Credential Program at California State University Fullerton, become a full time science educator and eventually get my Master’s either in Science or Education.


  • NSF Noyce TaPP Scholar — Fall 2014 – Current
  • TACIB Scholar — Fall 2014 – Current
  • MSTI Scholarship for Future Science Teachers — Fall 2014, Fall 2015
  • PRISE Scholar — June – August 2013, June – August 2014