Danielle Wall '15 and D.J. Brooks '17 worked with Mei Zhen RI '14 on a project to decode the motor system of the C. elegans worm. The students used cutting-edge techniques to analyze how the worm generates movement. They produced C. elegans strains, prepared them for imaging by electron microscopy, and, later, reconstructed the worm's movement for analysis.
The students acquired hands-on lab experience that led to new opportunities, including an internship at the Institut Pasteur in Paris for Wall and a fellowship at Harvard's Center for Systems Biology for Brooks.