Protein–More Than Just a Food Group!

My research focuses on a protein, plakophilin 2 (PKP2), and its role in cardiomyocytes or heart muscle cells. PKP2 is a desmosomal protein, meaning it is a protein that promotes cell-to-cell adhesion and communication between cells. When PKP2 is disrupted, it often leads to fatal consequences. The major problem scientists are faced with when it…

CURF Introduction: My journey in research

Hello, my name is Michelle Khattri, and I am one of the recipients of the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research fellowship! I am in my third year at Pitt as a biology major and chemistry minor. I am working under the mentorship of Dr. Shuda and Dr. Osmanbeyoglu at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. For my project, I…

CURF Introduction: Touching the Invisible

Hi everyone! My name is Richard and I am a freshman majoring in Biology, minoring in Computer Science, Sociology, and Chemistry, as well as pursuing a certificate in Global Health. A fun fact about me is that I’m an avid tennis player and have even worked as a private tennis coach for two summers! Right…

My CURF: Be Patient But Stay Curious

Receiving the Chancellors Undergraduate Research Fellowship has been very fulfilling and I am very appreciative to those that keep this great fellowship going. As a Pitt student it is great to see the encouragement from faculty for undergraduate research. This opportunity gave me the ability to delve deeper into my work and make it a…

I Did It! – My BPhil Defense and Future Research Endeavors

As the fall semester draws to a close, most seniors completing BPhil theses are just starting the research portion of their projects. Meanwhile, I just successfully defended my BPhil thesis and I would like to share my reflection on the BPhil process for those who are starting to embark on the later portion of this…

My CURF: The Promise of Moderate Cosmopolitanism

As I have already noted in my past blog posts, the goal of my research was to derive a non-egoistic cosmopolitanism from Aristotle’s writings on friendship. However, I think the more interesting question is, what kind of cosmopolitanism does any interpretation of Aristotle warrant? Before answering the question, I want to quickly summarize the development…

CURF: A Semester of Growth

My time in the lab this semester has led to me developing greatly as a scientist. If there’s one thing I learned, it’s that not every experiment leads to the results you were hoping to see, and that is ok. I have been met with inconclusive results after hours of hard work, which is always…

My CURF-CURF ends but not the journey to research

Research is hard. Ever since I started working in the lab, I have been constantly reminded that there is a good day and there are bad days for research. However, this unique nature of research is precisely what makes the good day so rewarding. Research is even harder for undergraduate students. Different from learning in…

CURF: An End and a Beginning

It has truly been amazing being a Chancellors Undergraduate Research Scholar, and I am so grateful that I had this opportunity; not only did this experience teach me more about technical concepts such as machine learning or physics, but it also gave me insight into how research is conducted. Pitt is world renowned for the…