Closing comments

In Dr. Allison’s lab this summer, I worked on a team studying the transport of the thyroid hormone receptor α. Our project is ongoing, intending to explore which importins bind to TRa and characterize how they bind to the receptor. Importins are proteins that can bind to cargo in response to specific signals that direct transport into the nucleus; we wanted to study which importins bind to TRa, as well as what parts of TRα are important in transport between the nucleus and the cytoplasm.

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African Archaeoastronomy

There is an overall lack of information on cultural astronomy and archaeoastronomy in Sub-Saharan Africa. This having been said, it was rather difficult for me to gain access to scholarly works on the subject, resulting in my eventual purchase of African Cultural Astronomy, a collection of articles pertinent to “current archaeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy research in Africa.” Within this book, many articles were not relevant to my project as they either dealt with Northern Africa or initiatives to increase astronomy research and education in Africa.

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Summing it All Up. What an Amazing Summer!

In summary, my summer research project was highly successful in getting a head start on the Tweety research project. While full characterization of the Tweety genes’ expression is still in progress, the ten summer weeks that I spent on the project allowed me to get a thorough idea of the expression and perturbation patterns of the Tweety homolog 1 gene. In the final weeks of the summer, I began to use lacz staining with red-gal to determine the side that received the injection. This entails a similar process of injection to the GFP where I mixed red-gal mRNA with the Tweety mRNA injection mix. However, I no longer to need to side sort the embryos prior to fixing because re-gal staining is a nuclei stain that will last through MEMFA fixing and even an in situ experiment!

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Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Wrapping It Up

Whew, ten weeks of research flew by! There never seems to be enough time for the things you enjoy doing.  Labbing it up in the ISC was a great experience (even if there was a lack of warm sunshine or windows).  Thanks to those of you who kept up with my blog posts! Now it’s time to take a look at the big picture.  To rewind my memory tape of what happened, let’s synthesize my blog posts and start from the beginning!

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