Summer so far…

It has only been a week of summer work and so far I have put in more hours in the lab than I would normally in a month during the school year.  I absolutely love it. Spending my time actually working and practicing science as been so much more fun, rewarding, and educational than some of my classes!  I am still taking one class over summer, but a lot of my efforts have been focused on my two research projects.  I am still working on the DNA nanotube project from last year.  Finally, after starting this project in February, I have finally got it to work!  I won’t go into details but the actual procedure is quite easy, but just one or two degrees off can mess up the whole thing. Turns out we were more like 10-15 degrees off when we were last working on the project.  My second project I am really excited about.  It is a huge project involving UMass, MIT, and UCSB.  We are trying to create a liposome that presents glycans which can bind to influenza virus and competitively inhibit the virus from infecting real cells.  This is super exciting.  Currently, I am figuring out at what ratio liposomes to virus we can accurately measure the size of the virus.  Besides that, I am taking an English class which is a refreshing change from all my science classes.  I am also attempting to read all three Lord of the Rings books which is turning out to be a bigger task than I had anticipated.

~Alex

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Posted in 2010-2011

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Alex Iteen is a second year student majoring in Biology. He is interested in bioengineering and synthetic biology. He is currently working in Dr. Fygenson's lab on DNA nanotubes.
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