This summer I worked at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor Maine (www.jax.org). It is a a leading national mouse genomics laboratory and it is known for a variety of scientific achievements. I was assigned a 12-week project, which I was able to successfully complete and produce good results. The project consisted of looking at and for a variety of genes, SNPs, and QTLs, which are related to Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the mouse and then using bioinformatic genetic mapping tools to asses these locations in the mouse genome and if they are present in the human genome (too look for novel locations of the human genome) which could factor to diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2). I worked under the mentorship of Dr. Carol J. Bult (http://research.jax.org/faculty/carol_bult.html).
It was a program for select high school students and college students. We stayed at HighSeas residence, a mansion in the beautiful Bar Harbor Maine which overlooked the ocean ( http://education.jax.org/summerstudent/life/highseas-tour.html ) and we had very good and various meals prepared by the chef-Mona. Not only were we engaged in research but also in the town activities as well, such as sight seeing around Maine and Bar Harbor.
Overall, it was a great experience which I really enjoyed and I encourage other UChicago students to do it too. Also, from this experience my research was selected to be presented at a conference Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), I know alot of UChicago students are doing research and I really encourage them to apply to conferences like these: www.abrcms.org. Please contact me with any further questions about The Jackson Lab Research program or ABRCMS.