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IIP-INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale)
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
|Partner Institution/Organization Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||IIP, International Internship Program (IIP)||Program Type:||Internship|
|Language Prerequisite:||No||Program Features:||Lab Based Work, Research|
|Degree Level:||2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior||Time Away:||Summer|
|Housing options:||Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization||Program Group:||International Internship Program|
About: INSERM is the French national research institute in the hospital of Kremlin-Bicetre, one of the oldest hospitals in Paris. Its laboratory specializes in the field of hemostasis and thrombosis and its research focuses on hemorrhagic disorders such as hemophilia. State-of-the-art technologies are available. For IIP candidates interested in exploring a scientific or medical career, this is a perfect opportunity to get a hands-on experience in an internationally recognized research unit, as well as getting to know a different culture.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will learn the techniques used in the laboratory and then contribute to specific projects in the research areas mentioned above, by performing bibliographic searches on the project and experimental work, and by analyzing the data and drawing conclusions about the subsequent experiments. Examples of potential projects include: setting up new assays to measure protein or activity levels of coagulation factors and/or selecting novel antibodies via phage-display techniques.
Qualifications: Candidates with interests in cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, or medical studies are encouraged to apply. Basic French would be an asset. IIP candidates should be comfortable working with mice.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: HPLC purification of von Willebrand factor; weekly meeting with PI; read literature. Intern #2: I worked directly with a lab technician to artificially generate the blood clotting element Human Factor X. The goal of my project was to optimize proper side chain formation of a particular domain on the protein itself. (increasing the degree of gamma carboxylation on the Gla domain of the unmodified profactor.) Work responsibilities included laboratory manipulations and reading supplementary materials. I learned a lot about the research project design process. In addition to this, I definitely gained a deeper awareness and appreciation for cultural differences in the workplace as well as interactions between colleagues.
View a powerpoint from a past intern:
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