Jess and Morgan have worked in their part II projects for near six months in the Castello lab. They have studied different aspects of HIV biology by using cutting edge RNA biology, virology, molecular biology and microscopy techniques. Morgan has developed a new approach to elucidate the composition of the HIV ribonucleoproteins. Jess has assessed whether cellular RNA-binding proteins are incorporated into HIV particles. We hope they enjoyed working in the lab and wish them all the best for the coming scientific challenges.
Leslie worked in the Castello lab for five months as part of her degree in Princeton. She was interested in the understanding the role of a family of tumour suppressors recently classified as RNA-binding proteins by RNA interactome studies.
“Applying for this semester-long research opportunity at Oxford is one of the best decisions I have made at Princeton! I am constantly intellectually stimulated and challenged by my research project and my PI’s thoughtful feedback – said Leslie-. In my lab’s supportive environment, I have come to really appreciate microscopy, beautiful silver staining/Western blot gels, the satisfying popping sound in the homogenizing process of my RNA interactome capture whole cell lysates, and so much more! Would definitely consider coming back for grad school!”