My First Week Here at the U of M Lupus Research Facilities

My name is Brianna Lauer and I first joined the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota through their Summer Fellowship Program, which is a program that gives undergraduate students the chance to work alongside faculty at the University of Minnesota and work on funded programs dealing with lupus. I became interested in lupus research through the amazing guidance of Dr. Emily Gillespie and her dedication to this research.

I wanted to talk about my experiences this summer working in the laboratory here at the University of Minnesota. I’ve only been here a few weeks, but the main thing that I’ve noticed from being in lab alongside these scientists is their passion for the work they do. My first weeks here have been filled with learning the ropes around the laboratory including things like bioremediation training and DNA extractions! These are all things that I would have never gotten the opportunity to learn if it weren’t for the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota, and I’m excited to learn more as the summer goes on.






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About the Author:

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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