I am a third year undergraduate student majoring in Psychobiology at UCLA. My research project focuses on female infertility and examines the resistance of cumulus cell mitochondria to stress in vitro as a predictor of oocyte competence in women undergoing ovarian stimulation for IVF.
What I love about my project is that I get to interact with women who are trying to become pregnant through IVF and watch their surgeries on a weekly basis.
This program introduced to me a field that I was once so unfamiliar with and has helped me develop into a responsible, curious, and knowledgeable individual in the scientific community. My future goals include preparing for the MCAT and applying to medical school.
I completed my Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology and Physiology at UCLA in December 2013, during which time I worked for Drs. Dumesic and Chazenbalk in the laboratory for four years. Under their mentorship, I co-authored three publications in peer-reviewed journals, including a first authorship in Endocrinology, and had the privilege of presenting two posters at the 2013 Endocrine Society's Annual Meeting. My research focused on the effects of testosterone on adipogenesis in several different PCOS models, both in vitro and in vivo.
In addition to working in the lab, I volunteer with and coordinate for UCLA's Mobile Clinic Project, a weekly medical clinic that serves the homeless and underserved individuals within the Greater Los Angeles Area. I plan to use my skills gained from both the laboratory and the clinic to aid me in my new position as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Women's Health Clinical Research Unit at UCLA, as well as in medical school, to which I am applying next year. I hope to get my MD, specialize in Reproductive Endocrinology, and continue doing research in the future.
I received my Bachelor of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where I majored in Molecular Environmental Biology with a concentration in human health and the environment.
I am currently working in the lab under the UCLA Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. My aspiration is to become a medical doctor and to provide quality health care to underprivileged communities
I'm graduating from UCLA in June with a degree in Psychobiology and a minor in Disability Studies.
In addition to working in the lab, I volunteer at a camp for kids with chronic medical conditions and love to travel. I am currently applying to medical school and hope to get my MD as well as my MPH.
I joined the laboratory my third year as an undergraduate. I am a psychobiology major with a minor in biomedical research. The minor provided me with coursework that allowed me to examine research done by laboratories around UCLA and develop important skills of critical thinking, analysis of research literature, and data presentation. Before joining the laboratory, I had experience in cellular laboratory techniques. However, under the guidance of Dr. Dumesic and Dr. Chazenbalk, I have performed techniques such as RNA extraction, cDNA conversion, qRT-PCR and cell culture.
Currently, I am involved in examining differences between the genetic profiles of PCOS and control women. I, along with the other volunteers, attend weekly meetings with Dr. Dumesic and Dr. Chazenbalk to discuss and gain knowledge of the current laboratory work in order to truly understand the research being done. My favorite part about working in the laboratory is the unique interactions that we examine between basic science and clinical medicine. I currently plan on applying to medical school to pursue a career in OB/GYN and continue doing research.
I am a fourth year undergraduate student at UCLA, majoring in English with an emphasis in pre-medical studies, and have worked under the mentorship of Drs. Dumesic and Chazenbalk for the past two years.
During this time, I have co-authored five publications in peer-reviewed journals, presented my research in the form of an oral abstract at the 2013 Conjoint Meeting of the International Federation of Fertility Societies and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and have had the great honor and privilege of receiving the first Women’s Reproductive Health Research scholarship.
My research project examines the potential implications of follicular fluid cortisol and cumulus cell lipid metabolism on oocyte maturation in women undergoing ovarian stimulation for IVF.