For William Mason’s freshman fellow project, he is researching how pH effects riboflavin-binding proteins. Riboflavin is an important nutrient in fetal development, and pH can drastically affect riboflavin-binding protein’s ability to transport it. William and his mentor, Dr. Mark Paulsen, are testing various pH’s in order to see at which pH the protein has an optimal binding capacity. In order to test this, they are using spectrophotometry to assess whether or not the protein is protonated or deprotonated (with riboflavin attached, or without).
A graduate from Lake Orion High School in Lake Orion, Michigan, William was actively involved in cross country, band, forensics, and Earth Club. In his spare time, William enjoys running, biking, rock climbing, working on his car, and spending time with family and friends.
“I love the atmosphere here at Northern. It’s small enough for you to feel like you know everyone, but still large enough for you to always be meeting new people and to experience new things. It’s such a friendly campus.”
One interesting fact about William? He enjoys running barefoot!