Title: Research assistant in the laboratory of Nora
Duties: Production of monoclonal anitbodies, protein
purification, general lab support.
Favorite Part of Job: "The atmosphere in Dr. Sarvetnick's
lab is very dynamic. I like interacting with other people
in the lab, who come from all over the world. I also like
the responsibility. Dr. Sarvetnick trusts us. She gives research
assistants real responsibility. We contribute more than just
the data we produce."
Started at TSRI: 1997.
Background: Bachelor's degree in biochemistry from
the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Work in the
Career Goals: "I'd like to continue in research. I've
applied to UCSD's new pharmacy school. If I get in, I hope
to continue to work at TSRI part time while I complete my
Biggest Challenge: Commuting to TSRI from his home
in Carlsbad. "But the job is worth it. And I have time to
think when I'm stuck in traffic."
Extracurriculars: Surfing, golfing, snow skiing, hiking,
fishingand fly tying, a long-standing passion. "Fly
tying materialsfur, feather, linetake up a whole
room in my house." The attraction? The mental challenge of
trying to imitate nature, the joy of learning about insects
and fish, the satisfaction of working with his hands. "Last
year, I started fly fishing on the ocean. The concept is the
same, but the scale is much bigger."
Upcoming Events: Ilic will demonstrate fly tying and
show his flies at the TSRI Fall Craft Fair, on Thursday, December
6 in the Immunology Galleria.
Research Assistant Alex Ilic enjoys
working in the "dynamic" atmosphere of the Sarvetnick lab.
Photo by Mika Ono.