Archive for October, 2017

October Update

By • Oct 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I am done with collecting data on the tetrapeptides containing lysine homologs. I am also done with aspargine and its methyl ester and glutamine methyl ester. However, I am still doing h/d exchange with glutamine to collect better data. I start to focus on the asaparagine tetrapeptides again. Recently, on of my lab peers synthesized…
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Gatsby & The Self-Made Man…

By • Oct 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This past week I’ve been reading The Great Gatsby in light of all of my summer research on manhood. And goodness, how the text has come alive in such vivid new ways! I first fell in love with The Great Gatsby my junior year of high school, and I doubted I could ever love it…
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October Update

By • Oct 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This update will be brief, as I am currently working on the first chapter of my thesis! The draft is due November 2nd, and I’m nervous but also really excited. My thesis has evolved a lot since I last posted. What I realized as I started researching and writing in earnest was that I had set…
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Fiber Festival, State Fair, and an Inordinate Amount of Readings

By • Oct 24th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Most of this month has been reading: lots and lots of reading. I’m trying to get through a book a week, which is a tall order for someone who is usually super slow at reading. But I’m reading about animals! So of course I’m enjoying myself. As a very refreshing break from that, though, I…
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October Update: Learning to Balance

By • Oct 22nd, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

It has been a busy semester so far! I have two studies up and running on the online psychology study participation system (SONA) and am making great progress with both of these. We need about 40 more participants for our in-person study and 60 more for our online study. Already this semester, we have run…
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Eclogitization in the Lofoten Islands: Structural Analysis

By • Oct 22nd, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Much of the first few weeks with my thin sections were devoted to the petrologic aspects of my research. As I mentioned in last month’s post, I carefully analyzed each thin section for the minerals with which it was made up, made preliminary measurements, made decisions on which thin sections would be best to use…
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An investigation of alternative phosphorylation sites in arsR in Helicobacter pylori(part2)

By • Oct 20th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Since the start of this semester, I’ve performed qRT-PCR for several times. qRT-PCR with taqman probes enables us to know the relative concentrations of mRNAs from the cells cultured under acidic (in my case pH5) and neutral(pH7) conditions. This technique requires a lot of patience and great attention to details. Although at the beginning, the […]

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An investigation of alternative phosphorylation sites in arsR in Helicobacter pylori(part1)

By • Oct 20th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over last summer, I conducted a series of experiments to test out my hypothesis: 47th and 59th positions are alternative phosphorylation sites for arsR in H.pylori with the presence of glutamic acid at 52nd position. I created mutants through mutagenesis, prepared mutant plasmids and did natural transformation on E.Coli. Sanger dideoxy DNA sequencing confirmed the […]

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Very late September update: Underrepresented College Students Study

By • Oct 18th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

  During September I was able to recruit and conduct baseline survey among 63 Non-underrepresented and 59 underrepresented freshmen. There were few more other participants who were excluded due to their nontraditional social status (Not a part of any social class; may be a non-degree seeking student) and immigration status despite their non-underrepresented status based on…
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(Way Too Late) September Update

By • Oct 17th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hey everyone! This semester has been off to a great start. The Summer Research Symposium went really well and it was great to see all of the cool research that everyone was working on this summer. I spent the first three or four weeks of the semester trying to finish characterizing the length variation of…
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