Jack Cronk grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and graduated from Western Albemarle High School. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry with a specialization in Biochemistry along with ACS certification. Jack conducts research in the School of Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Brown, Ph.D. Over the last 3 semesters, Jack has designed and utilized genetic approaches to systematically and specifically induce mutations in the genes of natural killer (NK) cell receptors. NK cells play an essential role in the innate immune response as cytotoxic lymphocytes that recognize cells infected with virus. Jack’s research investigates genetic mutations in NK cell receptors, the effects of which will ultimately be evaluated with respect to how these mutations impact receptor functionality. His thesis focuses on the validation of a meticulous experimental approach to study the immediate impact of these gene disruptions. Current and future work will involve testing his experimental design and evaluating the effects of the receptor mutations at the genomic level. Following graduation, Jack plans to continue his research at UVa, spend time with his two miniature dachshunds, Piper and Elly, and eventually pursue a Ph.D in Immunology.