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How/Why Research? I originally became involved in research when I participated in the Summer Research Science Program funded by CREST at NCCU. In my college career, however, I came to my current research position after sending an email to my current lab manager through the biology listserv. I was called in for an interview, and have been volunteering there as an intern since October!

Research Experiences: My high school research provided me with the background lab skills I needed to do well in conducting research as a college student. I conducted a preliminary project using the nematode C. elegans as an environmental model to test the water quality of nearby bodies of water, as the organisms are extremely adept as biological indicators. As a college research intern, I have worked on a clinical research project that aims to determine genetic factors that cause cardiovascular disease, and am also working with mice models to help see the effects that the chemokine CXCL5 have on the onset of coronary artery disease. I’ve learned to do PCR, running gels, dissecting mouse models and even working to prepare mice aortas for study. Research has not only helped me apply and expand my science knowledge and problem-solving skills.

Student Organizations/Clubs: CPALS.

Random Fun Fact: I once ate a chocolate covered cricket in 3rd grade. It tasted like a crunchy potato chip.