I have been actively researching and performing experiments in my MCDB lab for over 2 months. I have nearly mastered dozens of experimental techniques (e.g. cell culturing, viability assays, etc.) – all of which, I only ever learned about in a classroom capacity. Thus far, my experience in the lab has drastically broadened the scope of my scientific knowledge pool and has introduced me to complex physiological concepts, of which I had little to no experience. Pending our quantitative results and any potential publications, the research I partake in will hopefully have positive ripple effects throughout the scientific community. I am truly grateful to my lab’s PI and my mentor for guiding me throughout my academic research journey. I am also grateful to the college of LSA for helping fund my campus living during the summer. Even though summer is half way over and I am currently posting for the first time, I look forward to more consistently updating the LSA community regarding my research endeavors.