My research was about how different fatty acids affect recovery from head trauma, and to perform my experiment, I gave my flies head trauma and then fed them either coconut oil, mustard oil, or no oil at all. To see the effect of the oils on recovery from head trauma, I measured the activity levels (or locomotion levels) of the flies using the negative geotaxis assay - the flies that displayed greater locomotion had better recovery from head trauma than the flies with less locomotion.
Finally, I’ve made many new friends during my time in TRIP. We all come from different schools, have different interests, and we all worked on different projects - but the one thing we all have in common is our interest and love for science. That’s what brought all of us to TRIP in the first place! It’s awesome to be able to talk about your thoughts to people who understand you, and it’s equally awesome to listen to the ideas that other people have as well.