Discovering the novelty in surgery

Today I committed perhaps my worst error since beginning to practice my surgical technique on rats for my new research project.  After inserting the chest tube (helps create negative pressure so the lungs can expand and rodent can begin to breathe on its own after terminating anesthesia) through the second intercostal space and into the thoracic cavity, … Continue reading Discovering the novelty in surgery

Thank you, fat rat

I use the description "fat rat" endearingly because this animal was the first "patient" on which I performed an open heart surgery!  I am incredibly humbled to have the opportunity to work with these animals in the quest to find answers to some of my lab's experimental questions about reprogramming human cardiac cells post-infarction.  I said … Continue reading Thank you, fat rat

#IceBucketChallenge to #StrikeOutALS

If you don't know what all the fuss is about, here is my video, and it should explain quite a bit: Jackie's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge I see a lot of negative feedback regarding the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge all over Facebook, Twitter, Buzzfeed, Thought Catalog, Elite Daily, and the like. Critics are "ashamed" of the … Continue reading #IceBucketChallenge to #StrikeOutALS

An End to Two Summers of Research at the City of Hope

This past Friday was my last official day of work at the City of Hope in Duarte, CA.  As a student in the Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy for the past two summers, I got two incredible opportunities, as only a high school student and graduate, to work in the laboratory of Dr. … Continue reading An End to Two Summers of Research at the City of Hope