DSSI Dream Team in the Larson Lab

The Drew Summer Science Institute, or DSSI, funds students to work with a professor for eight weeks over the summer. Students receive a stipend and the opportunity for housing, funded mostly through the generosity of fellowships established by alumni. This past summer the Larson Lab was unusually full; the five of us worked on line-scanning confocal microscopy-related projects over the summer.

Shanu, Perry, Matt, Dr. Larson, Katelynn, Rutendo

Confocal microscopy allows for optical sectioning of the sample, meaning the in-focus image can be moved down through layers of tissue, while a slit blocks most unfocused light from blurring the image. The long-term goal of this technology is to be able to look for cancerous cells without having to remove them from the body. 

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