September 01, 2011 —
Christine Hartmann worked in Dr. Ying-Hui Fu’s neurogenetics lab at the Mission Bay Campus of the University of California - San Francisco for a 10 week summer program. She applied for this opportunity through the University of California San Francisco Summer Research Training Program (http://graduate.ucsf.edu/content/summer-research-opportunities). For this project, Christine investigated miRNA’s role in regulating astrogliosis, a series of proliferative and morphological changes astrocytes undergo in the brain in response to injury. This involved culturing mouse cortical brain cells, transfecting with adenovirus, extracting RNA and performing quantitative Real-Time PCR. Additionally, she had the opportunity to regularly participate in journal club meetings, faculty seminars and several workshops related to graduate school and scientific writing.
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