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How/Why Research? I became involved in research to better understand the scientific process as well to gain the skills outside of a classroom environment to become a better scientist. I joined the lab in the spring of 2020 through browsing around online and finding a few labs that matched my interest. I emailed some labs and heard back from one PI to come in for an interview. At the interview, I was truly able to see how passionate the lab members were about their research, and I knew the lab would be a great fit for me. Afterwards, my PI offered me a position, and I have been a member of the lab since then.

Research Experience: Utilizing cell culturing, immunofluorescent staining, and microscopy, we quantitatively and qualitatively determine the effects of various environmental stressors on Chlamydia muridarum, the mouse strain of chlamydia. Understanding the mouse strain can better aid in chlamydial vaccine development as initial vaccine studies are done in Chlamydia muridarum.

Student Organizations/Clubs: UNC Hillel, Sigma Rho Lambda

Also Happy to Chat about: Obtaining Opportunities as an International Student, Navigating Unpaid vs Paid Opportunities

Random Fun Fact: I have been swimming with sting rays.