What I liked
Working in a research lab at Brandeis has been an extremely rewarding experience. I have learned so much about molecular biology, laboratory techniques, and the research process from experienced members of the Marr lab. Through hands on experience I have learned basic tissue culture techniques and how to maintain mammalian cell lines. I also used molecular genetic techniques to create mutations in a gene involved in translation initiation and performed cell-based assays using these mutants. I am so grateful for the professor, graduate students, and post-docs in the lab who take time to explain the theoretical basis of the experiments as well as the procedural details.