In high school, I had lots of experience in dry-lab, bioinformatics research in psychiatry and oncology. When I came to Penn, however, I was eager for a change, instead seeking to do wet-lab research in neurodegeneration, which was absolutely fascinating to me. My second semester, once I arrived on campus, I was able to get that opportunity, joining the lab of Dr. Douglas Smith in the Perelman School of Medicine. Our research is focused on studying how diffuse axonal injury from severe concussions leads to progressive neurodegeneration and eventually the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, I was not able to start working in-person at the lab until August 2021. Instead, this past summer I went back to my hometown of Cincinnati, and I conducted orthopaedics research under the mentorship of Dr. Roger Cornwall via the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program at the University of Cincinnati. I studied the effects of the PSMB6 gene on contracture development in neonatal brachial plexus injury (NBPI). Through the experience, I was able to learn and practice many molecular techniques such as Western Blot and qPCR, and present my research on a poster. I've learned a lot throughout my journey so far in research, and I look forward to helping other eager undergraduates do the same.
- Undergraduate Researcher, Smith Neurotrauma Lab, Department of Neurosurgery, Perelman School of Medicine (January 2021-Present)
- Research Intern, Cornwall Lab, Orthopaedics Department, Cincinnati Children's Medical Center- UC SURF Program (May 2021-August 2021)
- Research Intern, University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute (June 2019-December 2020)
- Research Intern, DelBello Lab, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati School of Medicine (June 2018-August 2020)
- Poster Presentations: University of Cincinnati SURF Poster Symposium (2021)