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How/Why Research? I got involved in research because it is a great way to take what you learn in the classroom and see it applied in the real-world. I also love the problem-solving aspect of research. I have gotten both of my lab positions by cold-emailing PI’s of labs that I found by searching for labs at UNC that matched my specific interests and looking through departmental websites.
Research Experience: When I first started at the Rau Lab, I was doing computational work processing genetic data using R. I then moved to doing more wet lab work, specifically using fluorescent antibodies and microscopy to visualize different tissues in the heart. Through my research experience, I have learned many different techniques for collecting and processing data. I have also gained many soft skills such as perseverance, problem-solving, and collaborating with others. Through actively getting involved in research, I have been able to hone in on (and ended up changing) my interests and career path.
Student Organizations/Clubs: UNC Health Volunteers.
Also Happy to Chat about: Emailing Professors, Pre-Health Career Path, Fitting Research into a Busy Schedule.
Random Fun Fact:¬† I’m a twin.