We utilize the Biotechnology Resource Center as a magnet for training students with diverse backgrounds, and accelerating their acceptance into mainstream scientific research – through activities such as hands-on training, dissemination, tours, and outreach events.
Aatif Amin was trained in expression, purification and solution NMR of Mer proteins and applied it to a Hg(II) protein isolated from polluted soil bacteria Pakistan.
John Lee and Matt Jaremko from the Burkart lab learned protein structure determination. They have monthly meetings at the Center to discuss research strategies. Since Stan Opella introduced NMR to the students in the Burkart lab in 2011, 50% of their members use the technique.
Jun Heo learned structure calculations with Ye Tian and the Marassi laboratory.
Carl Kyrillos learned to build and test RF coils for NMR.
Willi Cheung worked on all aspects of biochemistry of Vpu.
Mitchell Zhao worked on IL8 and myristoylation.
Training and dissemination at the BTRC includes all aspects of our research:
Zheng Long on ‘rotation’ in the NMR lab, summer 2014
Zheng working on CXCR2, May 2016
Tours allow undergraduates in math, engineering, and computer science to see that there can be place for each of them in an NMR lab.
We visit area schools and talk to students about the research we conduct and the technologies that we develop at the NMR Center.