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August 13, 2013 > Fremont resident awarded Stem Cell internship

Fremont resident awarded Stem Cell internship

Submitted By Joseph Caputo

Prithvi Bomdica, a resident of Fremont, California, and a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of forty-four undergraduate students accepted into the 2013 Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Internship Program, which provides participants with a challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory.

Bomdica is spending ten weeks, from June 10 to August 16, at the Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, in the laboratory of HSCI Principal Faculty member Steven Hyman, MD, known for his research on the role genes play in the causation of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism. Bomdica's project this summer is to generate stem cell lines with engineered reporter genes of dysfunctional cortical neurons in schizophrenia.

"This experience has been very rewarding in that I have worked on interesting stem cell research and learned many techniques in cell culture," Bomdica said. "I have also learned how to plan experiments and conduct protocols to fit my schedule."

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