The term “multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis” (MDR TB) is a term that I’ve become rather familiar with while studying here at Franciscan. MDR TB is a type of tuberculosis that doesn’t respond to the major TB-killing drugs we have today. What’s the bigger picture, though?
A couple months ago, Dr. Rohde, professor of Chemistry and my research advisor, asked me to talk a little bit about my research experience with his Organic Chemistry I class. While I definitely shared a bit about what I have done under his watch while at FUS, I also shared a couple things that I wish I would have heard a couple years ago. I encouraged the students in his class, which consists of predominantly pre-health students, to spend time with the profession they would like to go into.
We are in the midst of finals week and everyone is working away, and hard! All my friends are feeling the pressures of their classes ending, and thankfully our environment is very conductive to getting great, productive work done. The picture above shows me outlining the life cycle of malaria within the human body, particularly our red blood cells.
Happy Thanksgiving, all! A little late, but still heartfelt!
It’s been a wonderful week celebrating the holidays with family and friends. After a cell physiology and quite a challenging microbiology exam nearly back to back, my 9-hour drive home to the Chicago area was challenging but worth it.
I’ll be honest, my brain hurts. I just got out of my third cell physiology exam for the semester. The past few weeks we’ve been talking all about DNA. Lots and lots of DNA. What did we cover? I was expected to be able to address the following points in excruciating detail (this isn’t the test, just topics):
Another amazing opportunity to do some research with real-world implications in my science classes recently—differentiating stem cells!
What a month October was… wow! Two cell physiology exams, two microbiology exams, and giving my senior seminar in the midst of those kept me more than busy. I will say that I was pretty depleted at the end of those 4-5 weeks of some pretty intense, near nonstop studying. It was a good depletion, though—I gave everything I had for my studies and I tried my best to make my work and studies my prayer.
Cell Physiology Lab has probably been the most exciting and interesting lab I’ve ever had at Franciscan. In lecture, we study the cell. The lecture portion is really intense: it’s a 400 level course and we just fly through complicated material every class. The lab portion is essential and we take what we are learning in lecture and get to see it happening right before our eyes. It’s awesome!
In order to get a degree in biology from Franciscan you have to give a seminar on some topic in biology. The topic of the seminar changes each semester, but this semester’s topic was a big departure from previous semesters. Previously the seminar would be on diseases and epidemics, water life, and other expected topics.
Wow! It has been a crazy week and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down! For everybody, biology majors and everyone else, the month of October is jam packed with exams, due dates, and deadlines. For me, I just took another microbiology exam this past week and am finishing up the preparations for my seminar next week.