Shamoo's lab's quest to find out the reason behind the drug resistance of various bacteria and its future implications for the pharmaceutical field fascinated me from the very beginning. Aiding Dr. Hammerstrom, a postdoctoral research scientist my research focuses on a particular gene which is in charge of creating efflux pumps.
Even though I am still a novice, the process of almost 5 months of lab work has made me truly realize the importance of accurate and detailed note keeping, continuous reading and keeping up to date in the research area of the lab project, and most importantly patience. I was able to obtain these simple yet valuable lessons through directly making my way through problems that occurred throughout my research.
Although the research work in Shamoo lab has so far been a fantastic experience, and while I glow over the pleasure of seeing colonies grow, I wish to explore another part of the biomedical sciences; the biomechanics. Biomechanics, especially injury biomechanics is a field that I have been wanting to explore more of ever since my dad's herniated disc injury. The Virginia Tech and Wakeforest University Center for Injury Biomechanics seems to be the perfect place to start this exploration. Especially, I wish to participate in the orthopedic biomechanics project concerning ankles joints and tibial fracture. I wish to learn how this research tranfers into the improvement of surgical techniques.
- Computational and Applied Mathematics for Engineers (CAAM 210)
- Dealed with topics such as
- Able to design simple primers for Polymerase Chain Reaction
Awarded to freshman who have personal talents that distinguish themselves.
A scholarship and research opportunity offered to a select number of the freshman and sophomore class.
Recognition of an undergraduate's outstanding academic achievement that particular semester.
Under the guidance of Dr. Troy Hammerstrom, a postdoctoral research scientist working with Profressor Shamoo, I am looking into the multi-drug resistant bacterium, Acinetobacter baumannii.
Using clinical strains, Dr. Hammerstrom is attempting to determine how the bacterium becomes resistant to commonly used antibiotics.
To aid this project, I focus on a particular gene which is in charge of creating efflux pumps. By looking at the activity of the gene in the common laboratory bacterium Escherichia coli I hope to gain a better understanding of its functions.
I will major in Mechanical Engineering while also taking classes related to Biomechanics.
Rice Honor Council
- I serve as an Ombudsman for the Rice Honor Council. As an ombudsman I act as a liaison between the accused student and the council and also as a procedural advisor for the council.
Rice Dance Team
- I am a dancer of the Rice Dance Team. We perform at football, soccer, and basketball games. Also we participate in regional competitions and host a spring show.
LINK (Liberty in North Korea)
-Link rescues North Koreans from China where they face the danger of being captured or trafficked. By fund-raising and raising awareness Link works to shift public perception from politics to the people.
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