Internship History

2003 JJ Vance Memorial Interns

Despite a summer of hard work in a busy genetics lab, interns Benjamin Piven and Maximilian Shafir enjoyed a great summer research experience. Ben Piven spent the summer performing mutation screening and genotyping with the Alzheimer disease group. Ben played an important role in the Duke Center for Human Genetics search for the genes that causes Alzheimer disease by running SNPs (single-nucleotide polymorphisms) on chromosome 15.

Ben said, “My summer in the lab showed me what goes on in medical research and gave me the experience that I would need for a possible career in medicine. My project was very interesting and I learned a lot.”

Intern Max Shafir was assigned a possible Parkinson’s disease candidate gene, NR4A2, and asked to do mutation screenings of a specific family. Max screened eight individuals from the family of four generations and found a polymorphism in two individuals.

At summer’s end, Max said, “I would recommend this experience to everyone. I made wonderful friends here and learned a lot more then I thought I would have just by watching and listening to the people around me in the lab. I learned lab experience, techniques and good social skills. This was a very fun summer even though it was a lot of hard work. I would say this is one of thebest internships you can have the privilege of doing.”

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