Through My Lens

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For me, my biggest “extracurricular” activity is working in Wirtz Lab. I’ve written a few posts about it – look here, here, here, and here. I think that research is such a critical part of my undergraduate career- I’ve learned how to create experiments, how to research to find answers to my questions, solve problems and barriers that are ultimately going to come from doing your experiments, how to organize and analyze complex data, how to ask questions, how to …

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Everything I Ever Learned I Learned in Lab

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I’ve been in Wirtz lab since the summer after my freshman year. It’s been a fun, enlightening, rewarding, and challenging experience, but I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. Here are some of the (nontraditional) things I’ve learned in lab: -Stand on the shoulders of giants- Ask questions. Not only will it make you understand and appreciate your work more, but it will also ensure that you’re doing your work in the most relevant and smartest way.  I know that some …

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days of our lives

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This summer, I’ve been interning in the Laboratory of Lymphatic and Cancer Bioengineering Lab at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. My day is a little different from a day in my lab at Hopkins last summer. 7:50 AM: Waking up, getting ready, and eating a croissant with raspberry jelly while walking to the metro station. Instead of walking past the BMA garden like last summer, I walk past two Italian restaurants, a uniform store, one of 4 laundromats in Lausanne, …

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Dr. Kate Frankenstein

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I’ve never really devoted an entire blog to my research, so I’d thought it be interesting to talk about what I do when I go into lab. Every week, I do something different, so here’s just a sampling of what I do; here’s what I did this Tuesday in lab. 9:00- Get into lab and go to my lovely cubicle. My cubicle is kinda my home away from home. I have a pair of flats to change into (if I …

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All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned In Lab

A lot of the people at Hopkins this summer are taking classes, but I have been working in Dr. Wirtz’s Lab in the Center for Oncology in Engineering.  It has been a lot of fun working in this lab. I’ve learned a lot too! So, if my research work was a semester of school, these would be the classes: Cellular Devices I’ve learned so much about cells in my five weeks here. I learned how to pass, plate, and fix …

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Cookie Monster

When I was in second grade, I wanted to be a pasta maker. I was over being a teacher or dancer or an engineer; I read a book about making pasta and fell in love with the profession. This may have been a noble profession for me, but I have to let you in on a secret. I am not a skilled cook; unfortunately the skills fairy sprinkled a sixth sense for cookie locations instead of the ability to create …

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