How did you hear about the Children’s Brain Tumor Project?

I live in Atlanta, and I first heard about the CBTP through The Joshua Bembo Project (TJBP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Gliomatosis Cerebri. I was inspired by the organization’s purpose and their dedication to finding a cure for children’s brain cancer.

Can you share some information about your education/career goals?

I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in neuroscience. I am also in an accelerated degree program to get my master’s degree in neuroscience. My primary goal is to become a research scientist, and I have an immense interest in medical and behavioral research.

Why did you decide to volunteer for the lab after your initial experience?

During my initial experience, I was able to develop a DNA extraction protocol. Ever since then, I fell in love with devising experiments and learning more about the research process. Along with this, I grew an interest in pediatric oncology research and I want to explore further and contribute more to the cause.

Please share one or two things that you learned during your time in the lab, so far.

Most of my experience in the lab surrounded the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) process. I became proficient in DNA extraction, PCR with a variety of primers, and gel electrophoresis. I also shadowed the research team and learned about a variety of crucial research techniques like western blots and cryostat sectioning.

Would you recommend this experience to others?

I would definitely recommend this experience to others. This experience taught me so much about the realm of scientific research beyond what can be taught in the classroom. Hands on experience and learning from professionals in the field provided me with a lot of insight and knowledge that have proven to be invaluable.

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