TRIP Initiative has not only given me valuable learning experiences in a lab that I would not get in my typical classroom setting lectures, but has also given me an opportunity to explore research as a future career. Before TRIP, I did not see myself being interested in research at all-- I saw myself being in a career that only focused on healthcare. Although I still want to go into a healthcare profession, TRIP opened my eyes to incorporating research in my future scientific explorations and encouraged me to branch outside of my comfort zone. Overall, TRIP was an excellent, informative program that allowed me to independently focus on projects I found genuinely interesting.
Throughout my experiment, I fasted my fruit flies every day and then conducted assays that allowed me to assess female fertility, embryonic viability, and overall health. At the end of my experiment, my data suggested that intermittent fasting negatively affect female fertility and decreased overall health. Although I was not necessarily surprised with this outcome, the process of doing research was exciting, and something I was able to do almost completely independently.