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Kayaking with friends at the Rackham event last month and trying not to drop my phone while taking panoramic photos.

Kayaking with friends at the Rackham event last month and trying not to drop my phone while taking panoramic photos.

Hello! I’m Amy and I’m a second year Ph.D. student in the Immunology program in the Program in Biomedical Sciences. Before Michigan, I’ve only ever lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area in California. I graduated from UC Berkeley (I seem to gravitate toward blue and gold…) with degrees in Molecular & Cell Biology and Genetics & Plant Biology and ultimately decided to go to graduate school to study human biology.

I decided graduate school was what I wanted after my first research experience in sophomore year. I discovered I love doing experiments; getting one step closer to understanding a topic of my choice is ridiculously satisfying and makes up for the fact that most of the time, I realize I understand even less than I thought.

My first research experience was studying the evolution of the grasses family. I then went on to study angiogenesis in prostate cancer and then stress responses in nematodes. I’ve now joined a lab studying the role of the gut microbiota and immune system in colon cancer. My past research interests are broad, but I was able to narrow down my interests by trying a variety of topics and learned about the different fields and atmospheres in scientific research. I would encourage anyone interested in research to explore as much as possible.

Outside of school and labwork, I do typical graduate student things to unwind. I listen to music, attempt not to fall over while doing Pilates/yoga, hang out with other graduate students, cook/bake/eat and explore the area. In another life, I like to think I would have been a television or movie reviewer. I love watching different television shows and always have recommendations for anyone who asks.

This past year has been full of new experiences both exciting (e.g., moving to a different part of the country, making new friends, finding my lab home) and not-so-fun (e.g., months of snow/negative temperatures/lack of sun?!) and this fall, I’m excited to share more about my experiences as a graduate student preparing for prelims, about lab life and life in general.

Brand New at Meadow Brook Music Festival. I finally got to see my favorite band perform!

Brand New at Meadow Brook Music Festival. I finally got to see my favorite band perform!