Undergraduate Research Assistant
I am performing independent research at the Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery at Stony Brook University. My project involves the synthesis and imaging of cancer drug conjugates for targeting biotin receptors on tumors. I have used a variety of techniques in the synthesis and purification of chemical intermediates, such as reflux, rotary evaporation, column chromatography, thin-layer chromatography, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. In order to communicate my laboratory work with the campus community, I have prepared an abstract and poster presentation for the URECA (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities) symposium.
Staff Writer for the Young Investigators Review
Inspired by my laboratory research topic, I continued to study the latest research involving tumor-targeting molecules. In preparing a literature review for the Stony Brook University undergraduate journal, the Young Investigators Review, I specifically focused on the application of tumor-targeting peptides and the biochemical mechanisms by which the drug reaches and enters the cancer cells. While I am accustomed to writing for a scientific audience, this experience was different, and instructive, because my goal was to communicate with a general audience that may not have the same background. You can view my article here.