Field trip archive

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2012 Field Trip

Participating schools:

Norfolk County Agricultural, Somerville, Stoneham, Dexter-Southfield, Lawrence, Westwood, Wellesley, Nashoba Regional, Hudson

  • Developmental Biology Lab: Grace Chen, Simina Ticau, Melanie Berkmen, Talya Dayton, Sangyu Xu, Lori Ling, Neena Pyzocha, Shirleen Soh, Nick Burton, Renaud Desgraz, Mina Kojima, Faye-Marie Vassel
  • STARGENETICS: Sera Thorton, Amy Hansen, Andrew Bosson, Alison Brauneis and Kun Xue
  • Mitosis with Lego DNA - Mandana Sassanfar
  • Genomic DNA Extraction From Fruits: Theresa Gipson, Aaron Hosios, Nathaniel Schafhewimer
  • Cow Eye Dissection: Steve Russo

Lab Tours:

  • "Rhizobium/Alfafa Symbosis" John Penterman and Nicole De Nisco (Walker lab)
  • "Protein 3D Structure Determination by X-Ray Crystallography" Bob Grant, Jeremy Setser and Marco Jost (Drennan lab)
  • "Fluorescence Microscopy" Juan Alvarez and Anna Lubimova (Van Oudenaarden lab)
  • "Fruit Flies and Confocal Microscopy Imaging" Martin lab
  • Broad Institute: Megan Rokop

Lectures:

  • "Horizontal Gene Transfer in Bacteria" - Tyler Dewitt

Lunch Scientists

Alan Grossmam and Instructors


2011 Field Trip

Participating schools: Norfolk County Agricultural, Somerville, Westwood Melrose,Nashoba Regional

mouse cancer lab tour

  • Developmental Biology Lab - Sangyu Xu, Gina Lafkas, Kirthi Reddy, Julie Valastyan, Carla Bonilla, Siobhan McRee, Mandana Sassanfar, Ellen Kloss
  • C. Elegans was provided by Vanessa Chung (Undergraduate Teaching lab), Fly embryos were provided by Zhuo Guan (Littleton lab), Zebrafish embryos were provided by Adam (Hopkins lab)
  • STARGENETICS — Sera Thornton and Andrew Bosson
  • STARGENETICS — Lourdes Aleman and Stacie Bumgarner
  • Cow Eye Dissection — Joost Schulte

Lab Tours:

  • Broad Institute — Megan Rokop
  • Microbiology and Molecular Biology — Carla Bonilla and Tyler DeWitt
  • DNA Extraction Lab — Brenda Messinger and Amy Hansen
  • Lego Mitosis — Mandana Sassanfar

Lectures:

  • workshop instructors and students

    Adam Martin

  • Hyun Youk

Lunch Scientists


2010 Field Trip

Participating schools: Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Hudson High school, Lawrence High School, Norfolk County Agricultural High School, Somerville High School, Stoneham High School, Westwood High School

Lab Tours:

  • Protein 3D structure determination by X-Ray crystallography — James Whittle (Schwartz lab)
  • Electron microscopy studies of viruses — Jeannie Chew and Cammeron Haase-Pettingel (King lab)
  • Innate immunity in C. elegans — Dan Pagano (Kim lab)
  • Cancer research in mice — Simona Nedelcu (Lees lab)
  • Toxoplasma — Lindsay Julian and Renee Mckell (Saeij lab)
  • Molecular biology techniques — Pavan Vaidyanathan (Gilbert lab)
  • UV-irradiation of bacteria — Tyler Dewitt (Walker lab)
  • RNA interference applications in biology — Michael Goldberg (Sharp lab)

Hands-on activities:

  • Anatomy and development of Zebrafish, Planaria and C. elegans Introductory lecture byMandana Sassanfar. Instructors: Nelly Cruz, Tyler Dewitt, Glenna Wink Foight, Jessica Hurt, Jennifer Kaplan, Diana Lu, Leslie Mebane, Emily Rosowski, Vidya Subramanian, Lauren Surface, Pavan Vaidyanathan, Julie valastyan, Matt Youngman, and Mandana Sassanfar. Wild type and mutant zebrafish embryos were provided by Nelly Cruz from the Lees/Hopkins Laboratory; wild type and mutant C.elegans were provided by Svetlana Rojevsky, Ekaterina Zagriadskaia, and Alice Rushforth from the Biology teaching labs at MIT. Planaria were purchased from Carolina Biologicals.
  • Cow eye dissection — Monica Linden (Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences)
  • DNA extraction from Strawberries —  Leah Okumura (Department of Biology and Whitehead Institute)
  • Cancer research in mice — Simona Nedelcu (Lees lab)
  • Cancer lab tour
  • StarGenetics lab —  Sera Thornton and Charles Li (Department of Biology)
  • Toxoplasma — Lindsay Julian and Renee McKell (Department of Biology)

2009 Field Trip

Participating schools: Arlington High School, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Concord-Carlisle High School, Hudson High School, Swampscott High School, Wellesley High School

Lab Tours:

  • When Alfalfa meet Rhizobium: the wonderful world of symbiosis —  Asha Jacob (Walker lab)
  • Antibiotic-producing bacteria — Kazuhiko Kurosawa and Dan MacEachran (Sinskey lab)
  • The study of neurological diseases in flies — Jan Melom and Andrew Bosson (Littleton lab)
  • Protein 3D structure determination by X-Ray crystallography — Steven Glynn, Robert Grant, and Jungsan Sohn
  • Electron microscopy —  Tori Hatch (Horvitz lab)
  • Innate immunity in C. elegans — Dan Pagano and Claire Richardson (Kim lab)
  • Environmental geomicrobiology — Lina Bird and Alexandre Poulain (Newman lab)
  • Cancer research in mice — Eliezer Calo (Lees lab)
  • Learning, Memory, and Nervous System Disorder Research — Matthew Dobbin (Tsai lab)

Lecture:

  • Why we work with mutant mice, and what we get out of it — Arvind Govindarajan, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

Hands-on Activities:

  • Anatomy and development of Zebrafish, Planeria and C. elegans — Introductory lecture by Mandana Sassanfar, Instructor in Biology. Instructors: Kirthi Reddy, Nelly Cruz, Andrew Bosson, Diana Lu, Lauren Surface, Dina Faddah, James Whittle, Sera Thornton, Rogier Gaiser, and Mandana Sassanfar. Wild type zebrafish embryos were provided by Olivier Paugois from the laboratory of Hazel Sive and mutant zebrafish embryos were provided by Nelly Cruz from the Lees/Hopkins Laboratory; the wild type and mutant C.elegans were provided by Na An from the laboratory of Bob Horvitz; and the planaria were purchased from Carolina Biologicals.
  • Sheep Ey Dissection — Michelle Machon, Department of Brain and Cognitive Science
  • Genomic DNA extraction from plants — Alexandra Naba
  • Genomic DNA extraction from wheat germ — Brenda Minesinger

Lunch with Scientists:

Lisa Steiner, Graham Walker, Arvind Govinddarajan, Brenda Minesinger, Alexandra Naba, Asha Jacob, Alexandre Poulain, Kirthi Reddy. Graduate students: Dan Pagano, Lina Bird, Jan Melom, Andrew Bosson, Lauren Surface, Sera Thornton


2008 Field Trip

Participating schools: Arlington High School, Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Pingree School, Revere High School, Somerville High School, Stoneham High School

Lab Tours:

  • The wonders of yeast — Eric Spear (Kaiser lab)
  • Bacteria and bacteriophages — Mandana Sassanfar (Department of Biology)
  • Protein X-Ray crystallography — James Whittle and Robert Grant (Department of Biology)
  • The study of Cancer in mice — Eliezer Calo (Lees lab)
  • Electron microscopy of C. elegans — Tori Hatch (Horvitz lab)
  • Modeling Neurological diseases in the fruit fly — Joost Schulte and Katharine Sepp (Littleton lab)
  • Confocal and Electron microscopy for biology — Nicki Watson and Erika Batchelder, (The Keck imaging facility, Whitehead Institute)
  • Antibiotic producing bacteria: isolation and characterization — Kazuhiko Kurosawa and Charles Budde (Sinskey lab)

Lecture:

  • Vitamin B-12: the missing link Michi Taga

Hands-on activities:

  • Anatomy and development of Zebrafish, Planeria and C. elegans — Introductory lecture by Dr. Mandana Sassanfar, Instructor in Biology. Instructors: Kirthi Reddy, Nelly Cruz, Dan Pagano, Dilja Krueger, Leah Okumura, Morgan Copland, Albert Almada, Jan Melom, and Mandana Sassanfar. Zebrafish were provided by Sarah Farrington from the laboratory of Nancy Hopkins; C.elegans provided by Na An from the laboratory of Bob Horvitz; and the planeria purchased from Carolina Biologicals.
  • Protein structure bioinformatics lab using StarBiochem — Emiko Barre, Kate Drahos, Leslie Mebane, and Prof. Charles Shubert.
  • Mitosis and meiosis with Lego chromosomes — Mandana Sassanfar. Lego sets provided by Kathy Vandive.