Summer Internships

Each year SSRL participates in SLAC's summer science program, accepting interns with specific interests in chemistry, biochemistry and biophysics. Applicants for the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program must have completed at least one year of college-level physics to be selected.  SLAC particularly encourages applications to this program from students belonging to groups under-represented in physical science careers, such as women, minority students and low-income students.

Students are paired with staff members and are given specific projects to work on for the duration of the internship. Students also attend scientific lectures and tours of the Silicon Valley high-tech industries

From left: Intern Nancy Fathali, SLAC Director Jonathan Dorfan, SULI Program Contact Helen Quinn, SMB scientists Aina Cohen and Paul Ellis at the 2002 graduation ceremony.

Please visit SLAC's Undergraduate Programs page for more information: http://www-group.slac.stanford.edu/com/suli.htm.

The Macromolecular Crystallography group also accepts interns outside the SULI program, dependent on project funding.

Year Intern Project Mentor(s) Program
2015 Lisa McPhillips Mechanical Design for Automated Crystal Screening Aina Cohen
Elizabeth Baxter
SSRL intern
2015 Rosario Avelar-Romo Crystal growth, sample prep and equipment design for structural biology research Aina Cohen SSRL intern
2015 Kim Allison Crystal growth, sample prep and equipment design for structural biology research Aina Cohen SSRL intern
2015 Lauren Maltz Structural studies on antibiotic resistance enzymes Clyde Smith SULI
2015 Kassia Swanson Crystallographic studies on human DDAH-1 complexes Clyde Smith SSRL intern
2014 Rosario Avelar-Romo Crystal growth, sample prep and equipment design for structural biology research Aina Cohen SSRL intern
2014 Kim Allison Crystal growth, sample prep and equipment design for structural biology research Aina Cohen SSRL intern
2013 Chris Milianta Structural studies on antibiotic resistance enzymes Clyde Smith High school student
2013 Mila Novikova Crystallization of human DDAH-1 Clyde Smith exchange student
2012 Mathew Au Crystal structure of a site-directed mutant of APH(2")-Ib Clyde Smith SULI
2012 Chris Milianta Structural studies on antibiotic resistance enzymes Clyde Smith High school student
2012 Mila Novikova Crystallization of human DDAH-1 Clyde Smith exchange student
2011 Kwame Wiafe Crystal structures of GES beta-lactamase variants Clyde Smith FaST student
2011 Jared Munoz Crystal structures of GES beta-lactamase variants Clyde Smith FaST student
2010 Thomas Liu Bioinformatic analysis of class A and class D beta-lactamases Clyde Smith SSRL summer student
2009 Laura Cooper Energy Dependance of Specific Radiation Damage in Protein Crystallography

poster

Ana Gonzalez Science teacher trainee
2008 Christina Homer Automated detector position calibration at PX beamlines Ana Gonzalez UCSD Intern
2008 Laura Aguila Analysis of plastics for use as a sample container for X-ray diffraction experiments

report

Aina Cohen Recent graduate of Monta Vista High School
2008 Sameep Tandon Analysis of plastics for use as a sample container for X-ray diffraction experiments

report

Aina Cohen Recent graduate of Monta Vista High School
2007 Benjamin Cherian Cryojet controller DHS
JAVA BluIce client.
Jinhu Song Caltech Intern
2007 Brendon Soltis Integration of beamsize information to JPEG images.. Jinhu Song H. S. Intern
2007 Christina Homer

Evaluation of XREC and C3D for Automated Centering.

report

Ana Gonzalez
Graeme Card
UC San Diego Intern
2007 Michael Berger Automation of a new protein crystallization method. Irimpan Mathews H. S. Intern
2007 Laura Byrnes

Crystallographic studies of two bacterial antibiotic resistance enzymes: Aminoglycoside Phopshotransferase (2'')-Ic and GES-1 beta-lactamase.

report

Clyde Smith SULI
2007 Rosanne Joseph Temperature Measurements on Cryogenic Cooling Systems at SSRL Macromolecular Crystallography Beamlines Herbert Axelrod UC Berkeley Intern
2006 Johannes Decker Protein crystallization using a new crystallization method. Irimpan Mathews Stanford University Intern
2006 Deepa Mathew Manuscript for "Diffraction Based Automated Crystal Centering".
Robot development studies: sample pin orientation and ice formation on hardware.
Mike Soltis Penn State U Intern
2006 Sandhya Jacob Prolonged Exposure of Lysozyme Crystal to X-rays Results in Measurable Site Specific Radiation Damage.

report

Graeme Card
Ana Gonzalez
UC Berkeley Intern
2006 Jonathan O'Keefe Autoindex status monitoring to notify BluIce.
Consolidate code for BluIce: move repeated code from several Widgets into base class.
Jinhu Song UC Santa Barbara Intern
2006 Brendon Soltis Video taping and editing movies of robot operation and calibration.
PowerPoint presentation design and photo editing.
Robot development studies: sample pin orientation and ice formation on hardware.
Jinhu Song
Mike Soltis
H. S. Intern
2006 George Boxer Energy Minimization using Redundant Dihedral Degrees of Freedom. Henry van den Bedem Princeton University Intern
2006 Rosanne Joseph Crystallization and structure studies of TM1389, a putative methyltransferase, from Thermotoga maritima.
Structure of apo and heme bound TyrA- a member of a new class of plant peroxidase.
Herbert Axelrod
Chloe Zubieta
H. S. Intern
2005 Olga Krasnykh Structure solution and refinement of two mutants of a heat shock protein from P. tremula Ana Gonzalez
Irimpan Mathews
H.S. Intern
2005 Deepa Mathew Automated Protein Crystal Centering Mike Soltis Univ. of Chicago
2005 Laura Corbet Automated Protein Crystal Centering Mike Soltis H.S. Intern
2005 Rosanne Joseph

The X-Ray Crystallographic Refinement of TM1389-A SAM-dependent Methyltransferase from Thermotoga maritima.

report

Herbert Axelrod H.S. Intern
2005 John O'Keefe DHS for new DAQboard (analog I/O and digital I/O) for remote sample light intensity control
Jinhu Song UC Santa Barbara Intern
2005 George Boxer Building a consensus protein model by dynamic programming
Henry van den Bedem H.S. Intern
2004 Olga Krasnykh Stability of Thymidylate Synthase Complementing Protein mutants from Thermatoga maritima Irimpan Mathews
Mike Soltis
Stanford University Intern
2004 Sandhya Jacob Development of an automated protein crystal alignment system using X-rays. Mike Soltis H.S. Intern
2004 Deepa Mathew Development of an automated protein crystal alignment system using X-rays. Irimpan Mathews
Mike Soltis
H.S. Intern
2004 Jessica Johnsen Optimization of crystal growth by using seeding techniques.
Tests of the Stanford Automated sample Mounting system.
Tzanko Doukov H.S. Intern
2004 Chasen Soltis Adminitrative assistant. Amanda Prado H.S. Intern
2004 Nick Nguyen Structure solution of Populus tremula SP1 mutants
Upgrade of the SMB web site
Ana Gonzalez H.S. Intern
2004 Zepu Zhang Development of software for diffraction image analysis Ashley Deacon Stanford University Intern
2004 Fred Lo Structure determination of chicken muscle lactate dehydrogenase. Clyde Smith Stanford University Intern
2004 Bryan O. Mitchell Structural Analysis of Thymidylate Synthase Complementing Protein mutants from Thermatoga maritima Irimpan Mathews Paine College
2003 Nick Nguyen Structure solution of Populus tremula SP1 mutants
Upgrade of the SMB web site
Ana Gonzalez H.S. Intern
2003 Zepu Zhang Development of software for diffraction image analysis Ashley Deacon Stanford University Intern
2003 Zepu Zhang Development of software for diffraction image analysis Ashley Deacon Stanford University Intern
2003 Deepa Mathew Structural Analysis of Thymidylate Synthase Complimenting Protein from Thermatoga maritima in the Presence of Deoxythymidine 5'-Monophosphate
report
Irimpan Mathews H.S. Intern
2002 Zepu Zhang Development of software for diffraction image analysis Ashley Deacon Stanford University Intern
2002 Zachary Anderson Development of an algorithm for the automatic alignment of x-ray beams
report
Ana Gonzalez,
Henry van den Bedem
SULI
2002 Nancy Fathali Model Building of the TM protein Aina Cohen,
Paul Ellis
SULI
2001 Zepu Zhang Development of software for diffraction image analysis Ashley Deacon Stanford University Intern
2001 Nancy Fathali Sequencing, model building and refinement of an enzyme critical for valine catabolism - 3-hydroxyisobutyrate dehydrogenase (HIBADH) Aina Cohen,
Paul Ellis
SULI
2001 Tamar Jones Advanced mechanical and electrical training for macromolecular crystallography hardware Aina Cohen,
Paul Ellis
H.S. Intern
2001 Rajinesh Narayan Sequencing, model building and refinement of an enzyme critical for valine catabolism - 3-hydroxyisobutyrate dehydrogenase (HIBADH) Aina Cohen,
Paul Ellis
SULI
2001 Richard Urata Software development for the crystallographic data collection package "Blu-Ice". Tim McPhillips H.S. Intern
2000 Marilena LoVerde Crystallization of GABAA Receptor
report
Aina Cohen,
Paul Ellis
SULI
2000 Amy Wu Crystallization of GABAA Receptor
report
Aina Cohen,
Paul Ellis
SULI
1999 Tamar Jones Mechanical and electrical training for macromolecular crystallography hardware Aina Cohen,
Paul Ellis
H.S. Intern
1999 Andrea Kurtz Development of crystallization conditions for several proteins including horse skeletal muscle myoglobin.
report
Aina Cohen,
Paul Ellis,
Nick Sauter
SULI
1999 Silpa Nalam Development of crystallization conditions for several proteins including horse skeletal muscle myoglobin.
report
Aina Cohen,
Paul Ellis,
Nick Sauter
SULI
1999 Amanda Prado Development of a PowerPoint presentation to describe crystal cryo-cooling
presentation
Aina Cohen,
Paul Ellis
H.S. Intern