Isabel Alland ’17

"During my summer internship at Massachusetts General we investigated the effects of a mutant protein (torsinA) which we found to be a cause of early onset torsion dystonia. It seems to effect the processing of proteins, so by infecting the cells with HSV, we were able to observe how the cells with the mutation compared to the wild type in terms of the spreading of virus. We had to count all of the virus particles in 30 cells for each condition, which was quite tedious, but still pretty cool. We could also see mitochondria which was very exciting!"