I can’t believe the first month of my fellowship has flown by so quickly! I began working in Dr. Erik Peterson’s lab in the University of Minnesota’s Center for Immunology Research at the beginning of June. So far I have been immersed in both the theoretical and technical aspects of lupus research. The fellowship has been made even more exciting by the fact that I have never been to Minnesota before, let alone the Midwest; I have just finished my first year of undergraduate at Yale, and my family lives in New York.
In the lab, I have been preparing the skills and knowledge I will need to embark on my project. This has involved reading research articles on white blood cell function, their biochemistry, and their action. Reading has taken two forms, directed and independent. For my directed reading, Dr. Peterson and I have been working through papers–we meet and I present their figures, discussing the methods and the data, ...Continue Reading →