Ceara O’Connor is a senior chemistry major from Cleveland, Ohio. Her recent research is with Michael Held and the university’s biochemistry department. She and his group are looking at proteins in plant cell walls and using CRISPR cuts in generations of tomato and arabidopsis plants grown in the lab to extract and sequence genetic materials from them. CRISPR stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats , a new process used for genome editing. O’Connor wants to continue in this research. She has won an award in the sport of fencing.