Greetings once again! It’s been a while since I’ve done this, so you might not have heard the big news: it’s officially time to start our independent research projects! Now would be the time in movies where you spray water everywhere from that glass you’re drinking. But, wait just one moment. Do you know exactly what’s in that water? You might, but many don’t.
In countries like India, where I was born and I grew up, many people drink “contaminated water”, meaning water that has things in it that CAN be dangerous for your health, such as nitrate. It’s caused millions of deaths and diseases so far, and the worst of it is that the people who drink this water don’t even realize how dangerous it can be.
So the question arises: is nitrate (especially in water) good or bad for you?
The experiment seemed straightforward, but it quickly became daunting once I realized all the parts to it, from setting up the vials to doing the actual assay. Thankfully, both these past few weeks of experience and the amazing TAs and instructors (and of course my talented peers), I’ve gotten off to a pretty successful start to my project. I feel confident that with their support, I’ll soon have real data from my very first lab research project to display.
Having the chance to perform the research that I’ve put so much effort into gathering in such an amazing setting as TRIP is a first for me, but I’m grateful for the opportunity. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me, and I hope you’ll be back the next time I share my adventures! Bye for now!
I set up my first round of flies this week and I will be performing the larval memory assay for the first time next week. I will keep you updated with the results!
How does taking a steady dose of ibuprofen and other common painkillers affect the memory and learning of a developing brain?
I knew exactly what I wanted to test for my independent project: the effects of electronic cigarette juice on intestinal inflammation.