My name is Emily Parrish and I am an incoming senior Chemistry major and Computer Science minor completing a research project in the Chemistry Department. My project involves the collaboration between Professor Poutsma and Professor Forsyth in the Biology Department. The goal of our project is to identify which proteins are differentially expressed in several mutant forms of Heliobactor pylori. Proteins will be extracted from H. pylori samples and separated using gel electrophoresis. Individual protein bands from the gels will be excised and subjected to enzymatic digestion using trypsin. The peptides will be analyzed using High Pressure Liquid Chromatography in conjunction with Mass Spectrometry. By comparing the expressed proteins mutant strains versus the wild type, we hope to further our understanding of gene regulation.
My name is Katie Spaller and I am a sophomore at the College! I conduct research in the Neuroscience Addiction Lab throughout the year. This summer, I am really excited to start looking into the nature of smoking cue attentional capture.
After finishing up all our data analysis, we got to work on drafting an abstract to submit to the LSA conference in January. Regardless of whether or not our abstract gets accepted, the process of reducing our months of research into a 1-page abstract was definitely a good learning experience. I’ve never had to write a formal abstract before, so working with my advisor to decide what was most important to include was stressful at times.
I enjoyed conducting research over the summer, mainly because of all of the novel experiences I encountered with my lab partner. I’ll note some of the events I thought were memorable.