Scientific Immersion High School Summer Program

Share
Print
Share
Print

The van den Brink Lab High School Summer Program aims to enrich the scientific knowledge of young students interested in pursuing a scientific field in undergraduate studies. This program aims to introduce students to bench top scientific techniques, while helping them develop a research project of their own over multiple summers.

Jiayi Pang - The Bronx High School of Science

Thymus Recovery Project | Mentor: Hana Andrlova, MD

I joined the van den Brink Lab for the summer of 2020. It was the first time the program ran fully remote. However, I still learned a lot from this experience. First off, I learned about numerous lab techniques like flow cytometry, gene sequencing, and many more. Second, I learned in depth about multiple areas in immunology such as the thymus and its importance, cancer immunotherapy like CAR T cells, allogeneic hematopoietic cell therapy, and the role intestinal microbiota in immunology. I was also fortunate to be able to visit the lab one day. I watched many procedures that I was only able to read about and that gave me a better idea of the lab’s projects. Through this experience, I found even deeper interest in immunology and hope to go further with this knowledge. Overall, I had an eye-opening experience and enjoyed it very much.

 

Tristan Weng - The Bronx High School of Science

Microbiota Project | Mentors: Marina Burgos da Silva, PhD and Melissa Docampo, PhD

I interned at the van den Brink lab during the summer of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and I had a wonderful opportunity to learn from amazing mentors. We learned many things throughout the course of the summer time such as DNA sequencing, gene editing, flow cytometry, ect. Although I was unable to go into the lab for most of the summer to get hands on experience, I was still able to experience other things such as lab meetings, learning about the other researchers in the lab and their projects, and journal clubs. However, the day I was able to go to the lab and experience what it was like, it was really fun and interesting. I was able to see things in the lab such as harvesting organs, flow cytometry, and just how the lab operates in general. During the few months I interned at the van den Brink lab, I was able to obtain some knowledge and experience which I greatly enjoyed.