During this shortened last semester of Spring 2020, I had the privilege of working in Dr Vicki Wysocki’s biochemistry research lab. I got the position by enrolling in Biochem 2900H which is a course that helps undergraduate students get paired with biochem research labs. While in the lab, I carried out many different jobs, most of which were directly under the supervision off Dr Angela Di Capua. The goal of the subgroup that I was a part of was to determine the effects of salmonella bacteria in the gut on metabolites. We used techniques such as Metabolomics and liquid chromatography on the fecal samples after extracting the samples from mice. I learned a great deal about how a lab operates on a day-to-day basis, and I was able to see material that I had learned in the classroom in action. Although my current plan is to attend medical school, I enjoyed getting this experience so as to broaden my horizon and explore all of my possible pathways after graduating. I am very fortunate to have gotten this opportunity and I hope to continue my work in Dr Wysocki’s lab in the fall.

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