During the summer of 2018, Evan Beck, a molecular biology/biochemistry major from Goshen, worked as a research intern in the Cahill Laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Located in the Brain Tumor Research Center, the Cahill Laboratory is a translational neuro-oncology facility that specializes in intrinsic brain tumors. The lab utilizes a molecular neurosurgical focus through the examination of specific genetic mutations that better or worsen the prognosis of certain tumors, both benign and malignant.
“As an intern, I was expected to conduct a variety of experimental protocols relating the research of the postdoctoral fellows and collaborators,” Beck said. “These protocols included many foundational scientific techniques, including the Western Blot, PCR and IHC. I was fortunate to spend my summer not only involved in a variety of projects in the lab, but also attending research seminars and shadowing neurosurgeons.”