This experience taught me so much about pharmacology research itself.
Most cancers are caused by a breakdown of a signaling pathway in a cell, causing miscommunication and uncontrolled cell replication – creating tumors.
These salamanders are the superheroes of the amphibian world– impervious to cancer and able to completely regenerate missing limbs without scarring.
Professor Bianxiao Cui’s lab is on the cutting edge of truly diverse research, including optogenetic control of cellular mechanisms, axonal transport, and nanotechnology.
It might seem strange for cells to have mechanisms for destroying “p53″, a protein so important for preventing tumors.
Attending the National Brownfields Conference helped me to realize the potential of Brownfield sites.
Growing up in Vietnam, I have always had an interest in herbal medicines and their interactions with Western medications.
Most of our research is done at the nano scale and utilizing a material called graphene – that is, we study and create objects that are about a billionth the size of baseball bat.
The feeling of independence in the lab was invigorating, and although I was only doing basic experiments, it felt good to know that I was doing them without the guidance of a professor or TA.
The undergraduate research I am doing is fueling my passion for science and I highly suggest anyone considering doing research to find an opportunity to do it.