User:Christina M Birch

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Christina Birch
Christina at Mt. Liberty, 2009.

Graduate Student
Niles Laboratory
Department of Biological Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Office: 16-387
MIT Email: birch
Personal website








Education & Work Experience

MIT

I began my Ph.D. program in the fall of 2008 following the "Applied Biosciences" track. Once I figure out how to link things, I'll list and link the classes I've taken at MIT. As part of my Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant (another link), I conducted rotations in the Niles, Hamad-Schifferli, and Wittrup laboratories (aaaand, links). In January of 2009, I joined Jacquin C. Niles' (here, another link) molecular tools laboratory for the duration of my thesis work while continuing to participate in the Chemistry-Biology Interface program. I also race for the MIT Cycling and Triathlon teams.

Translational Genomics Research Institute

After graduating from the U of A, I interned at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (links-a-lot), a nonprofit research organization located in Phoenix, Arizona. There, I worked in the Brain Tumor Unit studying migration signaling in glioblastoma cells.

University of Arizona

From 2004-2008, I attended the University of Arizona (another link) obtaining B.S. degrees in Biochemistry and Mathematics. In the former, I conducted researched on spatiotemporal regulation of proteins involved in the anti-oxidative stress response of human cells. For the latter, I worked to use a mathematical, geometric representation of repeat protein structures to facilitate protein scaffolding design efforts. As an undergrad, I was a teaching assistant for Vector (Multivariable) Calculus. Beyond academics (indeed, beyond them!), I raced for the U of A Triathlon team.

Universidad de Belgrano

Cuando yo estaba estudiante del segundo año (2006) en la universidad de Arizona, fui a la Argentina para estudiar la idioma y cultura que existen allá. Viví en Buenos Aires por seis meses y viajé por todo el país y más: en Argentina a Mendoza, Salta, Córdoba, Puerto Madrín, y otros pueblos; en Brasil a las Cataratas de Iguazú; en Uruguay a Colonia. Me gustaría mucho volver si me se presentara la oportunidad. Si Ud. tuviera ganas de hablar conmigo en español (y no lo molestaría a Ud. si yo hablara con acento porteño) yo lo disfrutaría mucho.

Teaching Experience

Research Interests

  1. RNA Aptamers
  2. Molecular Tool Development

Publications

  1. Wang Z, Birch CM, Sagotsky J, and Deisboeck TS. Cross-scale, cross-pathway evaluation using an agent-based non-small cell lung cancer model. Bioinformatics. 2009 Sep 15;25(18):2389-96. DOI:10.1093/bioinformatics/btp416 | PubMed ID:19578172 | HubMed [Paper1]
  2. Wang Z, Birch CM, and Deisboeck TS. Cross-scale sensitivity analysis of a non-small cell lung cancer model: linking molecular signaling properties to cellular behavior. Biosystems. 2008 Jun;92(3):249-58. DOI:10.1016/j.biosystems.2008.03.002 | PubMed ID:18448237 | HubMed [Paper2]
    These papers detail work I conducted as part of the NCI ICBP while I was an undergraduate.
All Medline abstracts: PubMed | HubMed

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