In a lab at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), MIT junior Cindy Huang investigated the complex in which an antibody called p45-IKKα interacted in cancer.
Cindy investigated the complex in which the p45-IKKα antibody interacted. The lab had previously published results that indicated that this antibody was involved in tumorigenesis with a number of other proteins. What was unknown about this complex was which proteins it interacted with and how they interacted to signal a pathway in cancer growth. Cindy elucidated this complex by performing Western blots to determine which proteins were present in this complex.
The PhD student who was her direct supervisor will be using these results in an upcoming publication.
After her summer, Cindy felt fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in such an international lab with people of all different backgrounds, interested and working for a common goal. It was an experience that opened her eyes to the scale of the problems in modern oncology. Working in such a collaborative and diverse environment was one of the best experiences of her life. Learning to communicate in a place where not everyone speaks the same language was something she wouldn’t have gotten from working at MIT or even in the U.S. and was a skill she will carry with her throughout the rest of her life.