The science craft

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The Biology Department’s Undergraduate Research Celebration on May 1 highlighted the work of 37 undergraduates and their faculty mentors. Above, Alexander Lorestani ’09 and Associate Professor Kathleen Dunn discuss his experiments on the influence of a protein called MORN1 on the cell division of Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite with links to numerous human birth defects including epilepsy and blindness. The project introduced him to the “craft of science,” says Lorestani. “You don’t get it from reading books and going to lectures. There’s so much collaboration in the laboratory setting—people picking each others’ brains, making mistakes, finding new things—that’s how good science happens.” Lorestani worked with Assistant Professor Marc-Jan Gubbels on this study.

This feature was posted on Friday, May 8, 2009 and is filed under Featured Photo.

Photograph: Lee Pellegrini