Fly Genetics

Fly Genetics

This term I am taking one of my favorite courses so far at Exeter: bio 470, aka laboratory genetics. It’s a class open to twelve uppers (juniors) and seniors by application, so everyone in the class loves bio as much as I do! We are working on fly genetics in conjunction with a lab in Stanford. Each of us creates our own lines of flies with a different genetic insertion. We are actually doing real world research studies as high schoolers, and Dr. Kim, the head of the lab we are working with in Stanford, will actually use our lines in his research. We also learn all the genetics to go with our fly sorting, so we don’t spend all our time at the microscope. This summer, I’ll be continuing our research in Dr. Kim’s lab out in California, so I’ll post more about it then!

If you’re interested in learning more, here’s the link to Dr. Kim’s website, and Anika’s (a classmate of mine) blog from when she worked with Dr. Kim last summer:

http://seungkimlab.stanford.edu/

http://drosophilandi.tumblr.com/

Hope you enjoy!
-Elle

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About Elle at Phillips Exeter

My name is Elle, and I am a senior day student at Phillips Exeter and have been here since my prep (9th grade) year. I grew up in the near-by town of Rye Beach, New Hampshire and went to a small public middle school there. Once I came to Exeter, I came to love the Harkness style of teaching, especially in math and the sciences. Although I am at here mostly for academics (athletics were never my strong suit!) I’m involved in a variety of activities other than putting my nose to the books. I really love the outdoors and try to spend as much time as I can hiking, kayaking, or just exploring the wilderness over breaks. As a day student, I am able to continue horseback riding from my middle school days, but I’ve found several new activities that I love too! I picked up squash my prep year and played on the varsity team this year, it is such a fun sport! I also really enjoy attending Economics Club, Investment Club, Republican Club, and Biology Club. I live at home with my mother, father, sister (a lower at Exeter this year), and my Bernese Mountain Dog, Fischer. A few pieces of trivia about me- my favorite restaurant in town would have to Green Bean, their soup is so good! My favorite assembly at Exeter would have to be pep assembly because it's great when the whole school unites against the smurfs (Andover). I’ve found a home away from home here at Exeter, though, and hope you love it as much as I do!