DNA extractions: a “hands on” approach to theoretical concepts

This week I spent most of the week doing DNA extractions as we get ready for a large genotyping project in lab. Learning how to do DNA extractions was really interesting, because it’s a theory that is widely taught in high school and college courses, but I had never been able to see the practice of it. Being able to have a “hands on” approach to theoretical concepts I’ve learned in my undergrad career is a great way to cement concepts as well as spike my interest in what’s actually happening with the tests that I’m doing. Instead of just following protocols, I can understand biologically what’s happening within the experiment. Dr. Emily Gillespie and her staff are very good about making sure I understand the biology behind what we do, and that’s made my experience all the more enjoyable.






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2012 Student Summer Fellow Brianna Lauer is from Lakeville and will be a junior at the University of Minnesota this fall. Brianna is currently earning her major in Biology and working on a minor in neuroscience, in the hopes of a career in clinical research. Brianna is completing her fellowship in the lab of Dr. Emily Gillespie whose work is focused on studying patterns of gene and protein expression to identify pathways that are dysregulated in autoimmunity. Through this study, they hope to look for signals that can predict the future development of autoimmune disease in patients who test positive for antinuclear antibody (ANA).
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