SENSFAI Intern Report

Posted by Daniel Kimbel on March 25, 2012 | SRF Education

Peter Schapira, an on-site intern at the SENS Foundation Research Center, has spent the last month working on his own project with funding from a $2400 Academic Initiative grant. Peter prepared the following paragraph to describe his experience with the Initiative.

"I first found out about the SENS Foundation Academic Initiative after unsuccessfully trying to start my pilot study based on iPS technology in the UK. As an undergraduate lab space is severely limited through universities and usually reserved for those higher up the academic ladder. I was therefore delighted to be given the opportunity to both start my own project and learn valuable practical skills at the SENSF-RC. Those skills include undertaking the intricacies of primary bone marrow extraction and viral transfection as well as now having a heightened knowledge of the basics of mammalian cell culture and plasmid work. An intrinsic part of my experience has also been the management of the AI Grant I was awarded and experiencing the daily life of a research scientist in situ -- something which will serve me well for the future when I continue my project back in the UK and work towards more concrete results."

As always, anyone who is interested in applying to the Initiative for a materials grant is encouraged to -- you can do so here.