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Drew Student’s Research Goes Global on Social

Professor’s Tweet a huge hit
July 2019 – The power of social media. What started with Thomas Potts C’20 receiving good research results ended in grad schools around the world expressing interest in his future.

“I found out my research results in Prof. (Brianne) Barker’s lab and they were even better than expected,” said Potts. “Next thing I know, she Tweeted out the results and said how proud she was of her undergrad research student. It got 10 times the number of likes of her most-liked Tweet, and three grad schools replied to her.”

Barker’s Tweet has received more than 1,000 likes and garnered replies and emails from throughout the scientific community, including graduate programs like the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and University of Texas Southwest interested in Potts’ next steps.

Potts’ research in Professor Brianne Barker’s Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI) lab centers on the role of the IFI16 protein in immune system signaling, and potential implications to the HIV virus.

Potts’ lab results, using an infamously tricky technique, came back surprisingly neat, wowing the Twitterverse and revealing another protein interacting with IFI16 — another link in the chain.


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