I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to be spending my 2011-2012 Independent Study Leave (a.k.a. sabbatical) in the laboratory of Dr. Bryan Ballif in the Department of Biology at the University of Vermont! I am spending the year in Dr. Ballif’s lab studying post-translational modification of the Src family kinase, Fyn, an enzyme important in a host of biological processes including neuronal migration. Using large-scale proteomic approaches, Dr. Ballif previously identified novel phosphorylation sites on this protein that may play a functional role in the development of the nervous system. I’m having a blast learning new techniques (immunoprecipitation, Western blotting, site directed mutagenesis) and working with extremely talented faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates on this project.
While I miss my daily interactions with students and colleagues at Norwich University, I am completely stoked about this work in Dr. Ballif’s lab! I look forward to continuing my collaboration with Dr. Ballif’s lab when I’m back at Norwich next year as well as in the future. And despite the fact that on most days I can be found up at UVM in the lab, my family and I still religiously attend the NU hockey games. Go Wick!