Summer Fellow Matt Hope and HHMI FUTURE Mentor Andrew Kane attended the Ploegh Symposium at the Whitehead Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with their research mentor, Associate Professor Rebecca Roberts (Biology and BCMB). Both students are rising seniors and majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The symposium was a day-long celebration of Prof. Roberts’ postdoctoral mentor, Dr. Hidde Ploegh. The students attended the presentations given by the leading scientists from across the globe and enjoyed a boat tour along the Charles River. They met Dr. Jack Strominger, who was the first scientist to purify the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) – a molecule central to the projects that Matt and Andrew are working on this summer at Ursinus.
The FUTURE program is part of the grant given by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to establish the Center for Science and the Common Good.