Making Brussels “Home”

The beginning of my study abroad experience was very similar to the typical freshman-moving-into-college-and-leaving-mom-and-dad-for-the-first-time experience. The only difference is that this time, I am in an entirely new country that has a completely different system for handling student housing! Unfortunately, Université Libre de Bruxelles does not offer their exchange students on-campus housing, so it was…

CUTF: Portals and Paradoxes in Physics 1

Hi all! My name is Eli and I’m a junior majoring in Physics and Mathematics. This semester I’m working with Dr. Tae Min Hong to incorporate fun topics from the internet in Physics 1 (PHYS 0174) assignments. In my high school and college physics 1 experiences, one of my struggles was the dullness of a…

Weeks 3&4 abroad

Dobry den! It is the 2nd week of classes and I have officially been studying abroad for 4 weeks! I finally have a routine and am adjusted to my 3 classes, dorms, speaking basic Czech, using public transportation, etc. I currently live in Kolej Komenskeho, which is a dorm about a 25 minute tram ride…

CURF: Causes of Obesity

Hello! My name is Suchita Kumar, and I am a senior at Pitt this year. I am a Biological Sciences major with minors in Sociology and Chemistry. I am interested in learning about human behavior and function on a micro and macro level through my classes, research, and other extracurriculars. Outside of academics, I currently…

CURF #1: Organization in the Heart

Hello everyone! My name is Aisha Vallopra and I’m a senior working in the Kwiatkowski Lab. Muscle cells in the heart are called cardiomyocytes. They’re highly organized and this organization changes as they mature. Interestingly, unlike a lot of other cell types in the body, cardiomyocytes do not replicate once mature. A family of proteins…

CUTF (09/23/22): Fracturing the Monstrous Feminine

Snow White bit the apple. The clock struck midnight. Rapunzel let down her hair. And the little mermaid swam up. Once, there was a king who had a daughter. And this princess, right away, was adored. She was born and she was loved. The king, her siblings, everyone. When people looked at her, they saw…

Introduction to the CURF!

Hi! I am Jenny, a junior Neuroscience major with a Chemistry and CS minor. I am conducting research under my mentor Dr. Zhang Manling, MD in the department of Cardiology. Our research is in the area of cardiac regeneration. We are currently studying a gene called Mettl14, which is involved in various processes in cardiac…

CURF Post One- The VanDemark Lab

Hello everyone!  My name is Alexandra Hughson. I am currently an undergraduate Biological Sciences major, a Chemistry minor, and am pursuing a BPhil degree. Additionally, I am also pursuing my MPH in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology in the School of Public Health. This fall I am pursuing research through the Chancellor’s Undergraduate…