NY outreach activities include opportunities for educators as well as students who are high school through graduate school levels.
Ahmet Ay PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology and Mathematics at Colgate University spent a week visiting the Center for hands-on training with gene-list enrichment analysis software tools: Genes2Networks and Lists2Networks. Dr. Ay teaches undergraduates at Colgate University in the area of systems biology and wants to incorporate the tools into the curriculum.
Valentina Barbieri is a visiting PhD student in the Iyengar Laboratory from the University of Milan Bicocca, Italy. Her current project consists of the development of a dynamical model of the Gq protein signaling pathway in order to shed light on the spatial and temporal relationships between regulatory motifs and the activity states of transcription factors involved in the network.
Jay Krishnan from Mahopac High School (Mahopac, NY) continued working on his research project from the previous summer in the Ma'ayan Laboratory. A brief description of Jay's project, Regulatory Signatures of Cancer Cell Lines Inferred from Expression Data is available on the SBCNY Fellows Summer 2010 page here. In March 2011, Jay placed first in the bioengineering-category of the WESEF (Westchester Science and Engineering Fair) competition.
Jaak Raudsepp, a biochemistry teacher from Northport High School (Northport, NY), spent 6 weeks in the Scarlata Laboratory in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Stony Brook University Medical Center. During this time, he learned about the parameters that determine how strongly proteins interact and the methods used to monitor these interactions. He now has hands-on experiences that he can share with his students.
In the summer of 2009, SBCNY Investigator Avi Ma'ayan PhD mentored two high-school students from the New York area: Nabil Ahmed and Jay Krishnan. Their projects resulted in applications to the Intel Science Talent Search competition. Additionally, an abstract that resulted from Nabil Ahmed's project was submitted and accepted to the RECOMB 2009 Conference. Jay Krishnan continued working on his research project and returned to the Center in the summer of 2010. A brief description of Jay's project, Regulatory Signatures of Cancer Cell Lines Inferred from Expression Data is available on the SBCNY Fellows Summer 2010 page here
Sarwar Jamal Mohammmad, a graduate student in the laboratory of Professor Kanury Rao at ICGEB (International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology) in New Delhi, India visited the Systems Biology Center New York on Wednesday July 23, 2008. The purpose of the visit was to spend a day learning the detailed protocol for the Panomics protein-DNA arrays to profile transcription factor activation. Jamal's project is to understand the global role of transcriptional control in G1 arrest in B cells that have been presented with antigen. His goal is to link up the upstream signaling network in B cells with the microarray data. We provided him with a detailed protocol and will continue to provide advice on as-needed basis.