2003 NEI Summer Student Experiences
In my project, I am injecting fluorescent mouse stem cells into modified chicken embryos. We are doing this in order to understand the basis of stem cell incorporation into endothelial cells. By doing this, we will have a stronger grasp on the concept of neovascularization, the formation of new blood vessels, a major detrimental issue in the study of Macular Degeneration.
This summer, I actually had a lot more fun than I had expected to. My initial thought when it came to research was nothing more than tedious pipetting into random tubes with no idea why anything was happening. However, I quickly realized that research involves baby steps, but is actually very exciting. It is amazing how close people here are to making discoveries that will really be helpful in real life situations. Also, the thrill of knowing that at some point in time, you may be the only person in the world who knows something is unparalleled. The hands on experience, the excitement and the medical connections make this an opportunity that few should pass up.
Graduate of Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, MD