This past summer I worked in Professor Joshua Shaevitz's biophysics lab, investigating the relationship between the bacterial cytoskeleton and cell shape in E. coli. We focused specifically on the MreB polymer, an actin homologue that is hypothesized to organize cell wall synthesis. Fluorescent microscopy was used to precisely quantify both cell shape and the localization of MreB. My own work mostly consisted of collecting data, data analysis, and the development of various metrics to compare cell shapes. Over the school year, I plan to continue working on the data analysis, with the goal of automating various processes.
This summer, my main project was the radio telescope on top of Jadwin Hall. I spent much of that time on the software used for running the telescope, both for aiming the device and for data collection and analysis. I also worked on the telescope's hardware. I was working for Professor Marlow.