Lately, I’ve been working on perfecting my larvae light response assay which requires me to flash a light on the heads of the larvae in order to see whether they either detect the light and turn away or do not detect the light and remain where they are. It’s been very interesting collecting both quantitative and qualitative data, and seeing the larvae actually turn their heads is a really exciting feeling! The most important part of the assay, however, is working in a dark environment in order to ensure that I can observe the larvae’s visual capacity accurately without the disturbance of external light sources such as the light from my laptop. So essentially, I conduct the assay by working in the dark, which is actually not as bad as it sounds but still a little tricky!
Lastly, I wanted to give a quick shoutout to my friend Sheline who has been awesome to work with and so fun to be around! She gets me through the rigor of the program, and I just wanted to briefly thank her for that! <3