Axons Final Summary

I’m back on campus now and starting my next to last semester at William and Mary. It’s a pretty bittersweet time, and I’m grateful that I got to spend so much of my summer here as well.

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Axons Weeks 7-10: Almost there

As my time in Dr. Buchser’s lab this summer came to a close, there was a mad dash for more experiments and more data. My fellow lab member, Karen, got the virus ready to go just in time for us to do some in vitro experiments with zebra finch neurons. While we’re still hesitant to call it a success (what is science without some healthy skepticism?), the initial results look very promising.

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Axons Weeks 4-6: Too many projects, too little time

The last few weeks have gone by in a blur. We’ve done a lot of experiments and analyzed a ton of data. The students in our lab have bonded as well; we’ve taken some weekend trips to Richmond and started running together in Colonial Williamsburg on Mondays. It’s been really fun getting to know them this summer! I also went on vacation for a week and a half (which was awesome), so I haven’t been able to post anything for a while. The following are some highlights from weeks 4-6 of my summer.

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Axons Weeks 2-3: Science is Beautiful

After 3 full weeks of research, I have to say that this is much better than taking classes. I’m learning a lot, it’s really fun, and I don’t have any homework when I leave! 🙂

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Axons Week 1: Fungus is Among Us

Happy June everyone!

Last week, we started by growing up some HEK293 cells. They’re a cell line we’re using because they’re really good at growing proteins. We want to eventually use these cells to package a virus (don’t worry, the virus is replication incompetent). We will then use the virus to “edit” the genome of neurons to get rid of the SARM protein (see my first post for the abstract if you’re totally lost right now, or even email me!).

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