Co-op Experiences: Stefan Halvorsen

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Where: EG 306
Speaker: Stefan Halvorsen
Organization: Northeastern University
Sponsor: SPS

Stefan Halvorsen will be discussing his activities while on Coop at the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He will first discuss how he helped design and implement an siRNA screen of the Applied Biosystems library (containing thousands of siRNAs). This screen used a novel Luciferase reporter, and tested for P53 upregulation. P53 is extremely important for cell cycle control and apoptosis regulation, so the findings could prove important for fields such as cancer research.

He will also discuss his work in applying a Bayesian Monte Carlo analysis to the differentiation of stem cell progenitors into a fully differentiated immune cell state. This research could reveal key marker genes that signal immune cell differentiation. In addition, it could help classify newly discovered tissues and relate them to well known and well studied tissues.