Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer in the Lab

This summer Samuel Maldonado, a biology major from Flemington, New Jersey, was selected for a research program in the laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Under the direction of Dr. Lisa Spencer, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Gordon College alumna and adjunct professor at Gordon (when she has time!), Sam is working on a project to elucidate functions of eosinophils, which are innate immune cells crucial to the exacerbation of allergic asthma.

Eosinophils are also involved in fighting off parasites and participate in allergic diseases. In addition to the bench work, Sam participates in weekly laboratory meetings of the labs within the Division of Allergy and Inflammation at which he will present his own research findings toward the end of the summer. He will also further his knowledge in related areas of immunology through participation in division-wide bimonthly journal clubs.
“The goals of our summer internship include hands-on laboratory research experience for students,” said Dr. Spencer. “But this is also an opportunity to complete a defined research project, organize and present results, and network with established researchers within the Harvard teaching hospitals.”

Congratulations to Sam and to Gordon's Biology Department for this great opportunity!

1 comment:

Craig Story said...

Hey Sam, hope your experiments all work out great!