Growing as a Researcher: Reflecting on my Experience with CURF

Reflecting on my experiences with CURF over the past semester, it is evident that I have grown immensely as a researcher. Among many other things, I have learned the importance of patience, flexibility, and persistence while approaching the numerous challenges that often accompany scientific research. In terms of my particular research project, I was given…

The Process is the Prize: Becoming a Researcher During a Global Pandemic

From the start, my initial connection to the Brodsky lab was a uniquely personal one. During my first year at Pitt, Dr. Brodsky presented the general concept of his research to my foundations of Biology II class as a guest speaker. While explaining his research involving diseases arising from abnormal protein degradation, he specifically mentioned…

An Introduction: Investigating Disease-Causing Mutations in ROMK

Hi everyone! My name is Erin McChesney and I’m a current junior pursing a major in Biological sciences with a double minor in Chemistry and Administration of Justice. This fall semester, I will be given the opportunity to study various human disease-causing mutations of the renal outer medullary potassium (ROMK) channel protein, which is located…