Yesterday was the first day of classes. I’m taking nearly all biology classes, and I’ve got a packed schedule! It’s going to be a very busy semester. I’ll be in the lab at least 8 hours per week for my classes alone, and that doesn’t include the time I am putting in for my medicinal chemistry research. It’s a good thing I love this stuff!
I am most excited about Cell Physiology, a class that takes an in-depth look at the inner-workings of the cell. I can already tell it’s going to be very challenging, but the course is designed to help me grow further as a scientist. I’ll be challenged to think critically, analyze data, and will be asked to apply all of the information presented over the course of the semester on challenging exams. This class is taking everything I have learned as a biology student and bringing it all together: the what, the why, and the how. The lab is pretty cool too–we’ll even get to work with some adult stem cells and study the effects on growth and gene expression.
Research has also started back up. As I write this blog post, I’ve got a reaction running to make the first step in synthesizing the “core” of a molecule that we are studying. This molecule has significant activity against tuberculosis, so you could say that I’m potentially synthesizing an antibiotic to be! Needless to say, I see myself spending quite a bit of time in the lab this semester. All smiles here!
My name is Matt Stewart and I’m a chemistry student. I’m excited to be a student blogger representing the sciences at Franciscan University of Steubenville for this next academic year. Franciscan has provided some pretty incredible opportunities for me the past couple years. I am excited to see what God does with our work, and I look forward to sharing more and keeping you updated.