User:Jennifer Kay

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  • Jennifer (aka Jenny) Kay
  • Graduate student at MIT
  • Office in 16-755
  • Questions? Comments? Need a new friend? Email me!

I'm a second year grad student working in the Engelward at MIT working on DNA damage and repair. Half of my job consists of infecting mice with bacteria and harvesting their organs to search for cancer, and the other half is damaging DNA and measuring how much harm I've done. I have a particular interest in homologous recombination, and we have a super awesome mouse model to study it (Ask me about it! It has a lot to do with Module 1!). I'm also using the CometChip developed in the Engelward lab to try to identify in vitro when HR is occurring in cells.

I also enjoy long walks along the Charles, organization, the Daily Show, 90s music, sleep and hugs.


  • 2016, Pursuing Ph.D. in Biological Engineering, MIT
  • 2011, BS in Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

Research interests

  1. DNA damage and repair
  2. Homologous Recombination
  3. Causes of cancer
  4. Drug delivery


  1. Meyer AS, Hughes-Alford SK, Kay JE, Castillo A, Wells A, Gertler FB, and Lauffenburger DA. 2D protrusion but not motility predicts growth factor-induced cancer cell migration in 3D collagen. J Cell Biol. 2012 Jun 11;197(6):721-9. DOI:10.1083/jcb.201201003 | PubMed ID:22665521 | HubMed [Paper1]
  2. S.N. Rothstein, J.E. Kay, F.J. Schopfer, B.A. Freeman, Little, S.R., A Retrospective Mathematical Analysis of Controlled Release Design and Experimentation. (Molecular Pharmaceutics, in review).


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