Biology major, Jennifer Ditano, was been selected for a Summer 2013 research fellowship at Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor, Maine. Jackson Lab is a world leader in molecular genetic analysis of human health. This will be Jennifer's third summer spent on Mount Desert Island. The past two summers she has been chosen to participate in the research fellowship program at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. Jennifer hopes to go to a doctoral program in biology research after graduating from USM.
Jennifer wrote the following regarding her participation in the Summer Program and how her involvement in Campus Ventures will contribute to her success at the Jackson Laboratory.
The Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program is a competitive, 10-week intensive research experience for undergraduate and high-school students. Each year, approximately 30 students from around the United States are selected to participate. Under the guidance of a mentor, students integrate into an ongoing research program, develop an independent project, implement their plan, analyze the data and report their results. At the end of the summer, students present their findings to researchers, peers and parents.
My project will be completed under Dr. Jennifer Trowbridge and is titled “Defining how the epigenetic landscape influences cellular transformation”. I will work with mouse hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) and leukemia stem cells (LSC) to explore the epigenetic mechanisms underlying the regulation of HSC and LSC self-renewal; the outcome of my project will be directed towards the development of novel strategies for leukemia therapy.
I feel that my work with Campus Ventures (CV) here at USM equipped me for this position at the Jackson Laboratory. The interdisciplinary experience granted from the CV atmosphere – where chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, and business overlapped – prepared me for the highly integrated and interdependent structure of the Jackson Laboratory’s many biomedical disciplines. The hands-on experience I received as a participant in the CV program (designing experiments, conducting independent research, summarizing and presenting data to an audience), have left me confident than I can manage the professional side of my internship at the Jackson Laboratory.