This week I spent most of the week doing DNA extractions as we get ready for a large genotyping project in lab. Learning how to do DNA extractions was really interesting, because it’s a theory that is widely taught in high school and college courses, but I had never been able to see the practice of it. Being able to have a “hands on” approach to theoretical concepts I’ve learned in my undergrad career is a great way to cement concepts as well as spike my interest in what’s actually happening with the tests that I’m doing. Instead of just following protocols, I can understand biologically what’s happening within the experiment. Dr. Emily Gillespie and her staff are very good about making sure I understand the biology behind what we do, and that’s made my experience all the more enjoyable.