Company/Organization: Columbia University
Mentor(s):Dr. Peter Nagy and Dr. Eduard Nedea
Topic of Internship
Department of Pathology and Cell Biology: Laborato
The Laboratory of Personalized Genomic Medicine of the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology is a state-of-the-art diagnosis laboratory which performs cutting-edge tests in the area of genetics, oncology, cytogenomics, and molecular microbiology. As part of Columbia University, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Columbia University Medical Center, the laboratory is committed to meeting the genetic and genomic testing needs of all the colleges and hospitalís patients and clients. It quickly adapts the scientific discoveries and advances made within and outside our university to develop technically validated, clinically relevant diagnostic, prognostic and predictive molecular and genomic assays.
Summary of Internship
Interning at this laboratory requires precision and creating connection between theories and technical lab work. While I was working at the lab I had tasks varying from lab work, to reading and sorting through data. I learned the application of various genomic techniques such as Polymerase Chain Reaction, Minipreps, gel electrophoresis, and purifications of DNA. The knowledge I acquired from my readings helped me understand the purposes of these various methods and understand them at a microscopic level. I was given the opportunity to sort through sequenced portions of DNA and look for errors that were looked over. I was able to use technology such as a Nanodrop spectrophotometers and genome-scale sequencing assay software. Apart from lab work, I was able to sit in during lab meetings and journal club meetings. These meetings showed how results are organized are shared with the rest of the lab and director. My time at the Laboratory of Personalized Genomic Medicine enabled me to understand genomic research and the techniques involved with them, through my records, lab meetings, and assistance in projects.
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