My CURF

My understanding of my project became better as time went on. At the beginning, I was very confused about what exactly my project was trying to understand in the broader sense. I understood the individual experiments I was conducting and how they help me accomplish my goals, but I did not know how exactly my…

Learning How to Conduct Research

I met my mentor Dr. Xiangyun Wei through the First Experience in Research (FER) program, which is available to any students who do not have prior research experience. I was drawn to Dr. Wei’s research on zebrafish genetics because I have been interested in studying gene regulation mechanisms since high school. His lab is focused…

Introducing: The Pittsburgh Undergraduate Review

After a summer of planning and drafting, we are happy to announce the establishment of the Pittsburgh Undergraduate Review (PUR)! The PUR Editorial Board, sponsored by the University Honors College, is creating an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, undergraduate research journal that focuses on research and creative scholarship being done by students at Pitt. PUR strives to build…

An Introduction into DNA Regulatory Elements

Hi! I’m Angel, and I am a junior majoring in molecular biology and minoring in philosophy. I have been conducting research with Dr. Xiangyun Wei from the Pitt School of Medicine since freshman year spring semester. When I am not attending zoom and going to the lab, I enjoy painting or sketching and sometimes doing…