Title: Research assistant in the laboratory of Immunology
Associate Professor Nigel Mackman.
Duties: Lab work in molecular biology, including cloning
in a project to create a model with a conditional knock out
of tissue factor, and techniques such as Southern blots, Northern
blots, and Western blots. "I've learned a lot of techniques."
Started at TSRI: 2001.
Thoughts on the Mackman Lab: "The best thing is the
people. They know how to strike a balance between working
hard and joking around. It's also an honor to work for the
world's leading expert in tissue factor."
Background: B.S. in Biochemistry and Archaeology from
University of California, San Diego (including a three-month
field experience on an archaeological dig in Jordan). Summer
job at the University of California, Irvine, working on P13
kinase tumor research.
Career Plans: "I would like to do an M.D.-Ph.D. program.
I've discovered I really like research, but I also want to
see the effect I have on people."
Extracurriculars: Soccer (the cause of a recent broken
wrist, and even more recent broken foot, although neither
could keep him out of the lab), playing intramural games with
the TSRI team. Also, hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor
"[It's] an honor to work for the
world's leading expert in tissue factor," said Research
Assistant Michael Tencati. Photo by Kevin