Research

To make a change, I am striving to be knowledgeable about a variety of health issues the geriatric population has, one of them being cancer. I started cancer research at UCF and was given the opportunity to continue pursuing my research interests as a research fellow at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. My project was focused on studying the role of the protein CHI3L1 in the progression of glioblastoma and its correlation with SERPINA3, SPP1, and CD44. My project aimed to study the impact of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) on glioblastoma malignancy and CHI3L1 expression. My ultimate goal is to improve available treatment for patients with glioblastoma proximal to the lateral ventricle while improving my communication and leadership skills to better assist my future patients. I was fortunate to be able to present my research at numerous conferences and to receive several awards. I am looking forward to continuing my research journey as a medical student.

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RESEARCH ASSISTANT       

       MARCH 2020-DECEMBER 2020

  • Research is focused on understanding the molecular mechanism of regulation of gene expression in prostate and breast cancer.

  • Trained on Molecular Biology Cloning techniques including DNA extraction, Restriction digestion, Agarose gel electrophoresis, Ligation, and Transformation protocols.         

RESEARCH ASSISTANT               

       JUNE 2021-AUGUST 2021

  • Participated in the Summer Foundation in Research (SFIR)

    • Completed FunCats​

    • Sample Size Matters

  • Attended Symposia 

    • Basic immunology series

    • “Why does the kidney get twice the blood of any other organ?”

    • ​Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Mayo Clinic

  • Occupy the role of a Research Fellow in the Neurogenesis and Brain Tumors laboratory along with Dr. Guerrero Cazares, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Research is focused on finding the role of the protein CHI3L1 in the progression of glioblastoma and its correlation with other genes such as SERPINA3, SPP1, and CD44

  • The current project aims to study the impact of CSF on glioblastoma malignancy and CHI3L1 expression

  • The ultimate goal is to improve available treatment for patients with glioblastoma proximal to the lateral ventricle

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Poster Presentations

SURF Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, FL                                  August 2021

      Poster title: The impact of CSF and CHI3L1 expression on glioblastoma malignancy

GMiS Research Posters Competition                            October 2021        Poster title: The impact of CSF and CHI3L1 expression on glioblastoma malignancy

       Award: Undergraduate-Math/Science section-1st place

 ABRCMS 2021 ePoster Presentation                         November 2021

       Poster title: The impact of CSF and CHI3L1 expression on glioblastoma malignancy