Benjamin Alleva '13


Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Hometown: Cary, IL

My fellowship experience:

My Fellowship experience in the SMART Program at Baylor College of Medicine was one of the best things that could have happened to me this summer. From my experiences, I have decided I would like to continue studying in the area of Bioscience, specifically genetics. My knowledge of this area has grown exponentially from working in the lab and from the seminars given by faculty and alumni.

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Benjamin Alleva '13

Fellowship Overview

Fellowship Name

Black Fellow in Bioscience

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Aims of the Fellowship
The Fellow will get involved in studying the mechanism for formation of duplication of the methyl CpG binding protein 2 gene, through the use of those previously mentioned approaches. They will also experimentally analyze the genomic structure of the breakpoint junctions in order to identify formation of novel genes/transcripts, specifically fusion genes, generated by virtue of genome rearrangement; they will then propose a cDNA library for each of those patients and develop primers to test the expression of such novel genes using PCR.

Faculty Sponsor
Craig Tepper, Biology