Data Collection at the Paleontological Research Institution

Paleontological Research Institution

My summer research began with a trip to one of my favorite places: the Paleontological Research Institution and the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, New York. The Paleontological Research Institution, or PRI for short, houses one of the top 10 largest fossil collections in the U.S, with over 3 million specimens. Its particularly well known for its invertebrate collection, which researchers frequently visit to study specimens housed at the institution. I was a research intern at PRI last summer and learned a lot from everyone who works there. It was a treat to spend a day going through the collection once more. [Read more…]

TFEB Localization and MK-STYX Expression in HeLa Trials 1 & 2

In order to determine the changes in TFEB (transcription factor EB) localization within HeLa cells in the presence of the pseudophosphatase MK-STYX, HeLa cells were transfected with pMT2 (control), MK-STYX, and F1 (active mutant of MK-STYX). After 24 hours, transfected cells were serum-starved over night (~18 hours) and immunostained for the TFEB, an autophagy regulator. TFEB is normally localized throughout the cell, including the cytoplasm and the nucleus, but its presence in the nucleus would indicate an upregulation of autophagy. After running the first two trials, fluorescent microscopy results indicated a role of MK-STYX in inducing TFEB localization. However, the data for the cells transfected with pMT2 could not be used because most of these cells lysed after immunostaining. At this point, I suspect that the cells might have lysed due to dehydration during immunostaining, being overstressed, or both.