Greetings to all! My name is Tyler Yannuzzi and I wanted to give everyone an update on TRIP and my personal experience with the program. As we move into our independent projects, I was drawn towards the effects of prebiotics on our development, health, and microbiome. Many prebiotics claim to have a very positive impact on our overall health. The one I’m studying in particular claims to increase the diversity of the microbiome and the good bacteria that everyone has in their gut. Thus, it felt necessary to look into the microbiome of both adults and larvae. I am very excited to see where this question and in turn experiment will lead. I'm hoping for the best.
TRIP overall has been an enriching experience so far. It has met and even surpassed my expectations. Slowly but surely, we are all getting more comfortable with each other as a group and it is great to collaborate with others and discuss ideas. Within the first couple of weeks, I feel as if I have learned a great deal about research and the communication of science. It’s been great to be exposed to such a range of different ideas and perspectives. I am so glad that I have had opportunities to reach beyond the classroom and explore the fruits of science through TRIP.