Archive for December, 2016

Post-Winter-Break Plans

By • Dec 30th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

What with finals and break, I have had to put my work in the lab on hold for a few weeks; however, this time has given me the opportunity to think about my plans for the future and specifically about what I hope to accomplish next semester. As mentioned in my last post, our lab…
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Translation Troubles

By • Dec 28th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Something that hadn’t quite occurred to me before I began the writing process was how tricky translation can be. I took a class on Spanish-English translation this semester, which really helped me understand methods and approaches. We worked on translating fairly freely, taking specific liberties in content and style to maintain the general feel of the piece.…
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November Updates or How I’m Slowly Losing My Mind

By • Dec 27th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

With applications to my desired graduate programs all primarily due January 1st, I had hoped to have all of them submitted by December. Unfortunately that did not occur but I only have one left. Regrettably, the programs to which I am applying do not accept the common app so it has been a major hassle…
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November Updates: Recruitment, Writing, and Applying (Cont.)

By • Dec 21st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi there! These updates pertain to the progress that I have made on my thesis during the month of November: In terms of recruitment, we have just about recruited all of our potential Time 2 families. While we are still actively recruiting 1-3 participants, at this point we have successfully conducted Time 2 interviews with 167 (82.7%)…
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Ending the semester on a high note!

By • Dec 17th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Before winter break laziness (and hopefully some reading/writing energy) fully take hold, I wanted to report on a discovery from the end of the semester that will definitely be a focus of my project in the spring. The J75 cag negative strain of HP has never been the most cooperative. After going through several rounds […]

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Finally making lemonade from those lemons

By • Dec 17th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Before winter break laziness (and hopefully some reading/writing energy) fully take hold, I wanted to report on a discovery from the end of the semester that will definitely be a focus of my project in the spring. As evidenced by previous posts, the J75 cag negative strain of HP has never been the most cooperative.…
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What do honors students do over the break?

By • Dec 14th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Fear not, our projects can never be forgotten, even if they are being ignored. I will be spending my time researching the link between thyroid hormone receptor alpha (wild type and mutant) and cancer, as I need to be an expert in the field by the time I have to defend my project. I will…
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What happens to the cells when everyone leaves?

By • Dec 14th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The semester is over, and I have gone home to my family. What about the HeLa cell culture that I have meticulously maintained throughout the semester? It perishes. By way of bleach. This is actually fun. The cell culture media contains phenol red, which is a pH indicator. When I pour in the bleach, it…
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Semester Summary

By • Dec 14th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello again! This semester was over before I knew it, and I lagged behind in posting, but I will update you all now! Co-expression of my mutant with my wild type went well, and I have some very promising results! The only issue is that when you’re looking into the epifluorescent microscope, you are getting…
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Adjusting for a Qualitative Model

By • Dec 9th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As I said in my previous post, I recently wrapped up the creation of my model of remyelination in MS. So that begs the obvious question: what exactly was I doing all semester? I also mentioned that the end goal of my data is more qualitative than quantitative. So, I spent my semester adjusting my…
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