CURF – Targeting Immune Receptors to Treat Chronic Inflammation

Hello! I am Michael Pezzillo, a junior at Pitt majoring in chemical engineering and pursuing minors in bioengineering and chemistry. I conduct research within the Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Chemical Engineering under the mentorship of Dr. Steven R Little, whose lab specializes in drug delivery and immunology. My project this semester focuses on…

Spring 2023 CURF #1

Hi all, I’m Evan Sun! I’m currently a sophomore studying molecular biology with minors in chemistry and Chinese. When I’m not in classes or doing coursework, I like to play (and lose at) badminton and practice viola. I also enjoy playing video games and card games with my friends. Oh, and the lab as well….

CURF 1: Beginning with Bioethics and the BPhil in Mind

Hi Everyone! My name is Mike Sobol, and I am a junior from Buffalo, NY (still recovering from the Bills’ playoff performance). I am pursuing dual degrees here at Pitt–a BPhil in Politics & Philosophy and a BS in Neuroscience–as well as minors in Chemistry, Economics, and Physics. On campus, I’m a teaching assistant for…

About Me, ACE2, and HIV

Hello everyone! My name is Janet Kim and I am currently a sophomore majoring in Chemistry, minoring in Economics, and pursuing certificates in Global Health and Children’s Literature. I received the Chancellor Undergraduate Research Fellowship under Dr. Ivona Pandrea, who works in the Division of Experimental Pathology. My work started with her in the summer…

CURF: About Me and Dispersive Waves

Hi! My name is Neil MacLachlan, I am a junior majoring in mathematics and statistics. I enjoy biking, hiking, writing, knitting, and climbing in my free time. I plan to pursue a PhD in applied mathematics, and ultimately research and teach at a university. The CURF is an important step along that path since it…

Jurkat’s Bizarre Adventure: Episode 1

Hi friends! I’m Annemarie Nguyen and I’m currently a junior, double majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology, minor in Chemistry, and Certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. I conduct research under the mentorship of Dr. Wei Du in the field of hematology and oncology at the Hillman Cancer Center.  For brief context, hematopoietic stem cells (HSC)…

A Little Mad Sometimes

Hi! I am Amitha Halthore, a recipient of the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship for Spring 2023 under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Heinzl. I am a Neuroscience and Film & Media Studies double major with a Chemistry minor, and I will be graduating this April! A little bit about me: I am a big coffee…

CURF: About Me and Gamma Knife Research

I am Priyanka Srinivasan, a student at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry and certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. I am hoping to attend medical school in the near future. A fun fact about me is that I have lived in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and four different…

How Stars Shed Light on Dark Matter

Hi, my name is Ethan Lilie and I am a junior majoring in physics and minoring in math. I currently do research under Dr. Andrew Zentner in the field of theoretical cosmology (which basically means how the universe evolves over time). My research is on the effects of spin-independent dark matter on stellar evolution, which…