Internship History

2005 JJ Vance Memorial Interns

Nicole Hansen was a part of the team studying the genetics of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease. With an interest in human genetics, Nicole was able to work in a real lab, on real world problems, using real DNA from study participants. “My internship has definitely helped me make career decisions. During my time in the lab, I really felt like I was doing something worthwhile and important.”
Mangala Iyengar participated in the search for the genes that cause autism at the Duke Center for Human Genetics. Both Mangala and Nicole worked in the lab alongside the research technicians and analysts and performed the full range of lab technician tasks, including PCR, running gels, and doing sequencing.

According to Mangala, “I’ve been thinking about going into biomedical research. Last year I worked in hematology, and this year I was fortunate enough to work here and study genetics. The best part of being a JJ Vance Intern was working with the post-docs. They were really cool about explaining things, including the theory behind PCR and not just its application.”
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