The URECA website regularly features students’ perspectives on research and/or creative activities. This month’s featured student is Ariana Levin, a junior majoring in biology with a minor in mathematics who is a member of Women in Science and Engineering. In summer 2011 after completing her freshman year, she volunteered in Christopher Hammell’s lab at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where she learned to do genetics, completing a large-scale RNA interference screen using the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans.
Eager to continue hands-on research, Levin joined the laboratory of Kevin Czaplinski in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology the following September and began work on the role that type III Neuregulin1 plays in mediating localized translation in neurons. She continues to dedicate many hours to her work in the Czaplinski lab and plans to work there this summer to make headway on her senior honors project.
Last summer Levin participated in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s summer undergraduate research program, where she worked in the laboratory of James Fagin on thyroid cancer investigations and was one of four summer students honored with the Schaps Scholar award.
While at Stony Brook Levin has participated in Study Abroad in Rhodes, Greece, and Talamanca, Costa Rica. In her freshman year, she was an Admissions blogger. She has served as a teaching assistant for organic chemistry and for genetics, and has also been employed through her undergraduate years as a mathematics teacher/tutor for a private company.
March 15: URECA summer applications due
March 29: Abstracts due for URECA’s annual poster symposium (event is April 24, 2013)