ESP Biography

SARA VOLZ, MIT junior fascinated by biochemistry

Major: 5

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2017

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Sara Volz is an MIT junior majoring in chemistry and minoring in physics. Besides singing as part of MIT's "Centrifugues" a cappella group and partaking in musical theater, she works to develop new molecular tools for genome editing under Feng Zhang at the Broad Institute. She loves nail art, watercolors, collecting earrings, and talking about how awesome CRISPR is.

Past Classes

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S10074: Genome Editing: The CRISPR Revolution in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
DNA is the blueprint for life: but what if we could edit this blueprint ourselves? We'll discuss how biologists can do just that, harnessing the power of an ancient bacterial immune system called CRISPR to rewrite genomes for applications ranging from research to medicine to energy.

S8176: Absolute Zero in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
Temperature can increase without bound (so far as people know), but 'strangely' there is a lower bound for temperature. How can we make sense of this? Well come find out!!! In this course, we will observe through reasonable analysis of ideal theoretical micro systems: Boyle's law, Charles' law, and Avogadro's law. These laws will then be pieced together into the beautiful ideal gas law equation. From this we will find Absolute Zero, and convince ourselves that there can be nothing with a lower temperature.