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The laboratory at any given times hosts 5-8 undergraduate students who work with senior members of the laboratory on molecular and cell biological projects. The work involves tissue culture, Western blotting, microscopy, microarrays, vector construction, computational work, and general laboratory duties.
Projects for postdocs are developed during their first months in the laboratory. Due to the broad scientific orientation in the laboratory, postdocs are generally free to choose their own projects. They work independently and have, depending on their experience, technical support. Postdocs routinely review manuscripts and occasionally grants. They make presentations at internal seminars, such as lab and journal club meetings, and at national and international meetings. Postdocs are expected to mature into independently working and planning investigators, who also develop their own collaborations within the laboratory and with scientists outside of the laboratory.
The microscope in the image belonged to William E. Horner, M.D., a collaborator with Caspar Wistar, M.D., in the early 1800s.
Dr. Horner, a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, was a pioneer of the use of microscopes in anatomical and medical research. He authored Special Anatomy and Histology, a seminal text on the subject.