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Hello Millikin!
Things have been going so wonderfully since I last posted. I have settled into my new lab and begun developing a project with my adviser. We have decided that I will focus on establishing the connections between mammary stem cells and breast cancer stem cells. This is very exciting because it could eventually incorporate my undergraduate training in organic drug synthesis as I discover drug targets that possess the potential to control overall tumor composition and growth. In fact, we recently submitted for an internal cancer biology training grant. It was a fantastic experience to get to write a grant as a first year graduate student and we have much hope to obtain funding!

A typical day in my lab consists of LOTS of reading, working with various cell lines in the tissue culture hood by growing them and preparing them for many different types of experiments, testing various custom reagents and confirming their viability, and working with the super expensive and complicated microscope. I still cannot seem to make through an entire day without messing something up, but with each mistake I learn and refine my skills.

The members of my lab are all so very helpful and are always willing to answer my "stupid" questions! There is still so very much to learn and understand but I have found the best method to tackle the lab is to take things one day at a time.

I miss you all and hope your summer is rejuvenating you as you prepare to come back for another fantastic school year at MU!

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL