The junior BioMolecular Engineering class continued their student presentations for the junior seminar course on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The first group of students presented about one team member’s research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The research detailed the reaction of human cells when infected with a form of the herpes virus. The second group discussed another project worked on at the Medical College of Wisconsin last summer. This project studied the molecular pathway that promotes the growth of new blood vessels in a new way. The novelty associated with the project was the observation methods of the set of steps that a cell goes through (aka pathway) in response to a stimulus. The steps were observed using a different kind of protein crosslinker. This allowed the scientist to study the interaction between the proteins of the pathway in a more concise manner. Previously, the crosslinker would break down in mass spectrometry and clear results weren’t achievable. Now, the crosslinker isn't degraded through the process of mass spectrometry.