I am in the two-year HHMI scholarship program. I will be a senior in the Fall of 2010. While in the HHMI scholarship program, I will be working in Dr. Patel’s lab on the stem cell project. I will be doing research on non-canonical pathways in stem cells in an effort to see if they make any major contributions to maintaining pluripotency of stem cells. The lab mainly focuses on studying the canonical pathway as it is believed to contribute mainly to pluripotency based on research done.

Currently, I am undergoing intensive training to learn necessary lab skills and protocols I will need to become successful in the lab while running small assays on the side.

My educational goals for the next couple of years are to finish out my undergraduate studies at Cal State Fullerton and apply for a PhD program.