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Although Peter Mattingly who is enrolled in the accelerated B.S. M.D. Physician-Scientist Program has every intention of pursuing a career as a family practice doctor his summer experience investigating corn genetics has given him an itch for research. Mattingly worked in the lab of Lee Ligon Associate Professor of Biology where the focus is on how the shape and structure of cells affect their function. Mattinglys research centered on the microtubule cytoskeleton a complex network of protein polymers that underlies cell structure. Microtubules function as highways for long-distance movement of organelles and other cargo from one part of the cell to another. The skills he learned in the lab are also a part of his medical education at Albany Medical Center where in addition to completing his training Mattingly is researching the role of an extracellular matrix protein in the progression of cancer. The things that really stand out for me between RPIs biological sciences program and another good biology program are the research opportunities Mattingly said. Between the Center for Biotech the availability for undergraduates to do research through the Undergraduate Research Program and the promotion of research opportunities its just so easy to get involved. Cellular Highways PETER MATTINGLY 13 The things that really stand out to me between RPIs biology program and another good biology program are the research opportunities. To a scientist the most natural inclination in the world is to move from a problem to a solution. As the visionary American physicist Richard Feynman said Our responsibility is to do what we can learn what we can improve the solutions and pass them on. At Rensselaer faculty members graduate students and undergraduates are deeply involved in the work of inventing solutions. In labs and research centers all over campus the boundaries are being pushed and new knowledge is turning up daily. Here you will find an extraordinarily committed and creative community that never stops asking questions or finding answers. inventing solutions 31