The Biology Department congratulates a recent BMB alumni, Oscar Lam (CAS ’20), on his acceptance into the National Institutes of Health’s Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA). This program allows recent college grads the chance to spend one to two years performing biomedical research with NIH, while preparing to apply to graduate or professional degree programs. Oscar will be doing his research at the main NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, working in a lab under the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases focusing on retroviruses. In addition to research, postbacs in the IRTA program have the opportunity to take classes, attend seminars, and access other resources to help with grad program applications and decisions.
At BU, Oscar performed his senior research with Dr. Sean Elliott’s lab. Oscar’s project was focused on the biophysical characterization of ferredoxins, small electron carrier proteins, from the anaerobic archaeon, Methanosarcina acetivorans C2A. Oscar primarily worked on the heterologous expression and purification of this specific iron-sulfur cluster-containing protein in the bacterium E. coli.
Congratulations to Oscar, we wish you the best in the IRTA program!