- Jan 27 Matt Burgess's Book Launch
- Jan 30 Opening conversation for "The Soul Selects her own Society: Women Artists from the Miller Meigs Collection"
- Feb 3 Taste of Service
- Feb 3 Macalester New Music Series presents INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song
- Feb 4 'Moving Beyond Minnesota Nice:' Engaging Diversity in the Classroom
- Feb 5 Desperately Seeking Nana Hsu
- Feb 12 Mitau Lecture
- Feb 17 Black History Month Keynote: Dr. Joy DeGruy - "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome"
- Feb 18 Mental Health Awareness Film & Speaker
- Feb 19 The Inaugural Lecture of James Dawes as DeWitt Wallace Professor of English
“My biology and chemistry classes at Macalester were good preparation for addressing these research questions.”
Examining the effects of iron overload on ovarian cancer cells was the research topic I explored last summer. I worked under Sundaram Ramakrishnan in the University of Minnesota's Department of Pharmacology through Macalester's Academic Health Sciences Summer Research Program (AHSSRP).
Iron is crucial for cellular processes ranging from respiration to division. Cancer cells are typically thought to have altered iron metabolisms, which might be exploited therapeutically. To explore this possibility, I overloaded cultured ovarian cancer cells with iron, then investigated changes in cell proliferation, morphology (structure), and expression levels of key proteins.
My biology and chemistry classes at Macalester were good preparation for addressing these research questions, understanding the scientific literature, and troubleshooting when things didn't go quite as planned. Cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, and evolutionary concepts were all neatly wedded in this research, from understanding relevant articles and formulating hypotheses to optimizing the protocols and interpreting results.
The summer program also gave me the chance to shadow medical professionals, including a gynecological oncologist who also had a research fellowship in our lab.
I finished the program with a much better sense of what scientists do on a daily basis, and a clearer understanding of the path to becoming a scientist.