Brown Undergrad, class of 2008.
Brown PO Box 4209
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Concentration history: I came in as a Math major and changed to Math/Computer Science after a semester. After three days of believing I was a Computer Science concentrator, I decided on computational biology, where I have remained to this day.
I play the viola (as loudly as possible), sing in Gilbert and Sullivan operas, whistle with Lip Service (whistling choir) and am a brother in the Alpha Delta Phi society.
Arrived and set myself up. Took lab safety and hazardous waste training minicourses. Learned about transformation, running gels, and ethanol precipitation. Made plates with Annie (later turned out to be faulty as we omitted LB broth. Live and learn) Week Two
More tranformations carried out on better plates than the ones we made. Met James Brown, our iGEM ambassador. The concept of iGEM as a project intending to turn genetic engineering into a well-defined standardized system becomes clear to me. Week Three
Arranged the journal club, which met in the evening. Hayato's paper is about binding luciferace to the magnetic particles in our magnetotactic bacteria. Attended numerous meetings including a visit from Pfizer's outreach team.
I arranged the journal club, at which Azeem presented his paper about the bacterial bull's-eye. The following day I modeled the bacterial bull's-eye in JDesigner as an exercise in the program's use and to get a better handle on how computaitonal analysis can help the project. The remainder of the week I spent transforming the various parts necessary for the sender cell for the freeze tag project. All three parts transformed and we are now growing them up.