My summer in a nutshell

I have to say. This summer research experience was a wonderful and fruitful experience. This research experience I had last summer was just as fruitful yet drastically different from this summer’s research experience. Last summer, I had the opportunity to work in a computational linguistics lab, which gave me experience with computer programming and running participants. Moving from a linguistics lab to a biochemistry lab was exciting yet frightening at first. The first two weeks of training in the biochemistry lab was intense but I actually fell in love with the type of work we were doing. We learned basic procedures (DNA plasmid preparation, tissue culture, cell fixation, fluorescence microscopy, etc.) that we would be using on a regular basis for our independent projects and in the lab as a whole.

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Effects of Acetone on the CrdRS Pathway of H. pylori

Hey everyone!

My name is Yusheng Qin. I’m a rising Junior and a Biology major at the College of William and Mary. For the past year, I’ve been working in Dr. Mark Forsyth’s lab on signal transduction in Helicobacter pylori. H. pylori (HP) is a bacterium that causes many gastric diseases in humans such as gastric ulcers and gastric cancers. In order to thrive in the highly acidic environment in the stomach, HP has evolved complex mechanisms for resistance to environmental changes in the stomach such as pH fluctuations.¬†One way the gastric pathogen achieve this is through the use of two-component signal transduction (TCST) systems. This summer I will be studying one of these TCST systems named CrdRS.

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