Immunochemistry

Immunochemistry involves working with components of the immune system.  These materials may include antibodies, signaling molecules such as cytokines, and cells that function in the immune system.  Antibodies are proteins that are made by the immune system.  They bind to specific molecules and are frequently used in tests to detect those molecules.  One type of test that uses antibodies is called an ELISA (Enzyme Linked ImmunoAssay).  

ELISAs are frequently used in medical diagnostics but may be used in area where it's important to detect some kind of molecule in a specific way.

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Polly Bechtold is a graduate of the Bridge to Biosciences Program (Lab Assistant Certificate) and the Biotechnology Program (Biotechnician Certificate) of City College of San Francisco.  She currently works at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation collecting blood samples from patients and testing them for different types of infections.  She also tests samples to assess kidney and liver function and talks to patients about their health.  Read more

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