Splash Biography

SPENCER KATZ, Recent Yale Alum and Biology Enthusiast

Major: MCDB

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2013

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Spencer is a graduate (Class of 2013) of Yale who studied Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and now works for Professor Farren Isaacs on Yale's West Campus. He is a huge fan of science, and hopes to eventually get an MD/PhD and do medical research.

Past Classes

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F463: Synthetic Biology: Reprogramming Life in Splash Summer 13 (Jul. 06 - 27, 2013)
Come learn the science behind hijacking living organisms to perform all kinds of helpful processes faster and cheaper than ever before! Over the course of four weeks, an ongoing undergraduate research project will be used as the framework for this course.

F501: Seeing is Believing: Optics and Microscopy in Modern Biology in Splash Summer 13 (Jul. 06 - 27, 2013)
This four-week course will cover basic principles of optics and their application to traditional microscopy, and discuss popular methods of imaging biological samples using traditional microscopes. As the course progresses, we will transition into more advanced microscopy techniques, including electron microscopy, breaking the diffraction limit, fluorescence, and optical trapping. Each topic will include real-life examples of applications of the microscopes described.

S112: Cellular Secret Agents: Non-coding RNA functions and applications in Splash Spring 12 (Mar. 24, 2012)
The central dogma of molecular biology was always believed to be DNA is transcribed to RNA, which is then transcribed to protein. But in recent years the discovery of micro RNAs and other non-coding RNAs have shown that there is an entire field of genetic regulatory machinery provided by RNA. This class will cover the different types of non-coding RNA, their native functions in cells, and the ways that researchers can hijack these functions in experimental design.