Learning and lab: top three moments

This summer has flown by! I feel so incredibly blessed to be spending my summer in the Niewold Lab at Mayo Clinic. The time that I have spent in lab has confirmed my love for research, and playing with bioassays all day has specifically increased my interest in biological research. I find it absolutely fascinating that we can learn so much about cell signaling and responses just by using a collection of buffers, patient sera, a variety of reagents, and ...

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Research is my genotype of thing

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks since my last post, as I’ve started to run my experiments and sort through data. Although it initially seemed strange to have just started my experiments so late in the summer, I’ve realized it’s due to an aspect of research I haven’t experienced before: project preparation.

Although I’ve done research before, I’ve never had to order my own reagents, find my own protocols, or locate and prepare my own samples. In other words, I’ve ...

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Not “highs and lows;” more “fasts and slows”

As I finish up the second month of research in the Rheumatology Department here at Mayo Clinic, I’ve come to get accustomed to the feeling and pattern of lab life. Coming into this research experience, I was not at all aware of what to expect in terms of work load, and every day I’d leave the lab with a different emotion.

I found myself antsy after days where I would simply be conducting literature searches and lab prep, and I also ...

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The patient behind the test tube: the true beauty of translational research

Hello everyone! My name is Anu Muppirala and I was given the wonderful opportunity to conduct lupus research at Mayo Clinic in the Rheumatology Department alongside Dr. Uma Thanarajasingam, M.D., Ph.D. She has been an absolute joy to work with so far, and I look forward to gaining a better understanding of lupus as I assist her in the fascinating research questions she is pursuing.

To provide a bit of background, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease characterized by ...

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Introducing the project

Hi, everyone! I’m Emily Fellows, a Lupus Foundation of Minnesota Summer Fellow working in Dr. Timothy Niewold’s lab at the Mayo Clinic. First, I would like to thank the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota for providing me this amazing opportunity to not only learn more about systemic lupus erythematosus, but to contribute to the ongoing research efforts directed towards developing a better understanding of lupus, its treatments, and various diagnostic methods.

Dr. Niewold’s lab studies the pathogenesis of various autoimmune ...

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Settling into the lab

Hello! My name is Blair Stewig and I am fortunate to be conducting research under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Niewold and Dr. Theresa Wampler Muskardin at the Mayo Clinic this summer. As a Lupus Foundation of Minnesota Summer Fellow, I not only have the opportunity to learn a great deal in lab, but also a chance to experience what it is like to work on a project that could potentially improve the diagnosis and treatment of a ...

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From bed to bench and from bench to bed

The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota Fellowship was (no exaggeration) the most productive, meaningful, and inspirational experience I could have imagined my summer to be. Not only did I gain research experience and scientific communication skills, but I met peers, mentors, and patients who impacted my perspective on clinical and translational research.

Having the opportunity to interact with patients during my fellowship (with the courtesy of my PI, Dr. Erik Peterson) significantly and positively affected my fellowship experience. I am ...

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Confirming my future direction

Before the start of this fellowship, I was contemplating whether I wanted to go into medicine, research, or both. Upon talking to many mentors, I was leaning towards going into practicing medicine, but finding a way to also stay involved with research. However, although I have had a passion and interest in both for quite a while now, I wanted to experience more before I made the decision.

After the first several weeks of the fellowship under Dr. Peterson, I ...

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Channeling My Passion

I have had a passion for medicine and research since mid-high school. However, I was not sure about whether I would pursue one, the other, both, or the integration of the two as my future career.

At the start of my undergraduate career, I was set on trying to get into the M.D., Ph.D. program to integrate the two fields, as well as apply myself in both settings, as I always loved biology and medicine and had experience with clinical and ...

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Introducing My Lupus Research Project

My name is Ami Yamamoto, and I have the great opportunity of being one of the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota’s  Student Summer Fellows for 2013. This summer, I am studying under Erik Peterson, M.D., in the Department of Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.

As I will write about in more detail in a later post, my project is to contribute to research on the gene PTPN22 which Dr. Peterson and his team thinks ...

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