This past summer, I had the privilege of doing research in the Liu Lab in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine. I fell in love with the lab environment, the white lab coats, the interesting chemicals and equipment, but most of all, my labmates. 🙂
I worked on a project called Investing Factors of Macrophage Activation last summer at the CardioStart Research Program at the University of California, Irvine. As part of the program, I took a two-week long course on basic wet lab techniques, such as growing cell cultures, working inside fume hoods and bio hoods, working with liquid nitrogen, counting cells, running assays, using centrifuges, and using different types of microscopes. I proposed two objectives for my research project: to study how timing of macrophage stimulation would affect macrophage activation and to study how different lengths of culture time would affect the macrophage wound-healing response. I was responsible for running Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays to determine what timing of cytokine stimulation and what time interval for cell culture would give the optimal number of wound-healing macrophages. After working with ImageJ and Python to analyze my data, I presented my work by giving a powerpoint presentation to the Biomedical Engineering Department at UC Irvine.