Event Title

Investigating Tumor Microenvironment and Bone Metastasis in Prostate Cancer

Location

Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall

Start Date

2-4-2014 3:30 PM

Description

PURPOSE: Interning at the Van Andel Institute provided me with experience I would not obtain in a classroom setting. This component of the PSM program provides a great networking environment and fast-paced learning opportunity that only comes from working in a laboratory setting. CHALLENGE: Without having much research background, I had a lot to learn about how a laboratory runs as well as various techniques I had never used before. One of my goals was to examine the role of the lab manager to prepare myself for this potential career path. EXPERIENCE: The first few weeks of my internship involved learning many new techniques and becoming familiar with the flow of the lab. My PI and other lab mates were very helpful throughout the process and after I caught on to most of the new techniques, I began helping with existing projects as well as working on projects of my own. OUTCOME: I was able to work with mouse models and learn how to perform x-rays and collect various tissue types and culture them. My cell culture skills were enhanced throughout the experience as this was vital for most experiments, and I was able to observe the lab manager and determine the various components involved in running and managing a lab. IMPACT: I learned many new techniques and skills that I will be able to apply to my work in the future. I also made connections that will hopefully help my future employment as well as future PSM internship candidates.

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Apr 2nd, 3:30 PM

Investigating Tumor Microenvironment and Bone Metastasis in Prostate Cancer

Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall

PURPOSE: Interning at the Van Andel Institute provided me with experience I would not obtain in a classroom setting. This component of the PSM program provides a great networking environment and fast-paced learning opportunity that only comes from working in a laboratory setting. CHALLENGE: Without having much research background, I had a lot to learn about how a laboratory runs as well as various techniques I had never used before. One of my goals was to examine the role of the lab manager to prepare myself for this potential career path. EXPERIENCE: The first few weeks of my internship involved learning many new techniques and becoming familiar with the flow of the lab. My PI and other lab mates were very helpful throughout the process and after I caught on to most of the new techniques, I began helping with existing projects as well as working on projects of my own. OUTCOME: I was able to work with mouse models and learn how to perform x-rays and collect various tissue types and culture them. My cell culture skills were enhanced throughout the experience as this was vital for most experiments, and I was able to observe the lab manager and determine the various components involved in running and managing a lab. IMPACT: I learned many new techniques and skills that I will be able to apply to my work in the future. I also made connections that will hopefully help my future employment as well as future PSM internship candidates.