MCB Instructional Support, UC Berkeley
Staff Research Associate
July 2012 — Present
I prepare materials for an upper-division immunology lab course. The class, which I have previously completed, covers many biological and immunological methods, including basics like ELISA, PCR, and Western Blot as well as more advanced techniques, such as growth of a monoclonal antibody cell culture starting from the tissues of immunized mice. Since I have set up the labs multiple times, I have become familiar with all stages of preparation. I set up the dishware, mix the buffers, dilute the stocks, set up the technical equipment, sterilize materials as necessary, and in general understand the full process. I work closely with a PhD who performs the advanced responsibilities but also educates me and allows me to join in on some tasks, such as intraperitoneal injections in the mice to immunize against particular proteins.