Clare Canavan is a junior undergraduate at Georgetown University majoring in biochemistry with a minor in physics. She began research in the Maillard laboratory in August, 2014. She initially worked to develop DNA handles to be used in optical tweezer studies of protein kinase A. More recently, she has been studying the cyclic AMP receptor protein (CRP) in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, focusing on its interactions with cyclic AMP and DNA. She will be using anisotropy assays and isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) to research CRP in the tuberculosis bacterium and to analyze how the protein’s interactions differ from those of its analog in E.coli.