Over the summer I got the opportunity to do voluntary research at the University of Dayton. I got to perform research on drosophila flies while studying the effects of a high fat diet on the Alzheimer’s gene, whcih we expressed into the fly eye. I got to learn how to maintain my own fly stocks and cross different flies to express different genes. Later on into the summer, the graduate students taught me how to dissect the larvae, mount eye disks, take pictures of the eyes, and how to use antibodies to stain certain proteins in the fly eye disk to determine if neuro degradation worsened or improved. I volunteered everyday over the summer, volunteering a little over 200 hours. I also had the opportunity to present my research st a Neuroscience conference and at the Univeristy of Dayton’s Summer Research Symposium.