User:Alvin S Chen

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Alvin S Chen (an artistic interpretation)

I currently work under the direction of Dr. Alexander Klibanov in the Department of Biological Engineering. Previously, I have worked in the Bartel (Department of Biology, Whitehead Institute) and Essigmann (Department of Biological Engineering) labs at MIT.


  • 2011, BS, MIT
  • 2015, MD, Harvard Medical School

Research interests

  1. Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  2. Cancer Biology
  3. Molecular Toxicology
  4. RNA interference

Registration/Questionnaire: 20.109 Spring 2009

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aschen AT mit DOT edu

Potentially Relevant Background

Have you taken/are you taking... Answer yes/no/when
7.05/5.07 (Biochemistry) yes
7.06 (Cell Biology) yes
7.03 (Genetics) yes
7.02 (General Biology Lab) no
5.310 (General Chemistry Lab) yes

Do you have experience with... Answer yes/no/type
Cell culture (microbial/mammalian/yeast?) yes, all three
Molecular biology (electrophoresis, PCR, etc) Gel electrophoresis, PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR, Laser Capture, Western Blot, Flow Cytometry

Please briefly describe any previous laboratory experience

Essigmann Laboratory (MIT, Cambridge, MA) - Fall 2008 - Present Pharmacology Laboratory (Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand) - Summer 2008 Andersen Laboratory (UC Irvine, Irvine, CA) - Summer 2006 & 2007

Anything else you would like us to know?

Outside of my academic endeavors, I also compete with the MIT Sport Taekwondo Team, play pick-up & intramural basketball, and participate in Chamber Music Society & Piano Accompanying.


[1], "Repair of DNA Alkylation Damage by the Escherichia coli Adaptive Response Protein AlkB as Studied by ESI-TOF Mass Spectrometry"

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