Ben Alleva ’13

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Hometown: Cary, Illinois.

Black Fellow in Bioscience

Baylor College of Medicine | Houston, Texas

Week 9:
Baylor College of Medicine

August 17, 2012 | As this was my final week working in the lab at Baylor College of Medicine, I did my best to get as much done on each project; especially since I had to present my research to the entire lab on Wednesday. Although I thought I would be done with the microsatellite project once I had […]

Week 8:
Baylor College of Medicine

July 29, 2012 | This week was a bit stressful because I tried to get as many results as possible before I presented to others involved in the SMART Program on Wednesday. For the microsatellite project, we received the forward primer I re-designed last week and ran PCR then an agarose gel. Although bands appeared on the gel, the brighter band (the more highly amplified ban), was not […]

Week 7:
Baylor College of Medicine

July 23, 2012 | This past week I have made some great progress on all of my projects. We received the reverse primer that I redesigned last week for the microsatellite project. We used the new reverse primer with the forward primer of the set that previously did not work to see if we could amplify the microsatellite sequence […]

Week 6:
Baylor College of Medicine

July 15, 2012 | This last week I spent almost the entirety of my time in the lab working on the fusion gene and microsatellite projects. On the microsatellite project, we were very fortunate that the primers I designed last week (we were told they would be delivered in two weeks) actually arrived in half a week’s time. With […]

Week 5:
Baylor College of Medicine

July 10, 2012 | This week, I started off by working on the MECP2 gene related project that Claudia had alluded to the previous week. Claudia explained to me that I was to put this project at the very top of my to-do list, as it was of the utmost importance to complete quickly. After coming back from her […]

Week 4:
Baylor College of Medicine

July 3, 2012 | Success! At the beginning of this week Pengfei and I found that decreasing the ramp speed gave us distinct bands on our agarose gel, meaning the PCR amplifications were successful. We then cleaned the successful PCR products and sent them off to be sequenced. Sometime next week we will receive the sequencing results and hopefully […]

Week 3:
Baylor College of Medicine

June 27, 2012 | This week started off a bit disappointing. No results appeared on the agarose gel from the breakpoint junction PCR. This is slightly frustrating because Pangfei was able to get results last time he performed this type of PCR, but I am no stranger to not producing results. At Cornell College, I have had many unsuccessful […]

Week 2:
Baylor College of Medicine

June 20, 2012 | The beginning of this week was a bit less exciting than the previous week’s. I had to make up lab training courses that I had missed (because I was a week late arriving to the program). Basically, it was listening to a lecture for a few hours, taking a short quiz, and then taking a […]

Week 1:
Baylor College of Medicine

June 12, 2012 | Due to the fact that I arrived late to the beginning of the SMART program, I skipped all of the orientation seminars that the other 85 students involved in the program had to attend. Instead, I went straight to Dr. James Lupski’s lab and met everyone I would be working with for the entirety of […]