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 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…

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…

Lessons from Bill Nye on Communicating Science

I’m sure we all felt like budding scientists after watching an episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy, but how exactly did he accomplish teaching basic science to millions of children? He did this by SIMPLIFYING concepts and being ENGAGING. These strategies can also be used in research at the university level. One of the…

My Cohort

Hi, I hope everyone is doing well! One of the most appealing aspects of the Brackenridge Fellowship is its interdisciplinary nature. It is an exciting opportunity to learn from others and about research being done in other fields. I am eager to learn more about unique research methods and what problems need solving or interests…

Introduction – Kamron Woods

About me Hello! My name is Kamron Woods, and I am currently a rising junior pursuing a major in Microbiology, minors in Chemistry and Studio Arts, and a Conceptual Foundations of Medicine certificate. I was born in Michigan but my family and I have moved around quite a lot because my parents were in the…