Usual finals stress and ect.

I have had a very small amount of time to do research this week but, I think we found a temperature where we can try to get the results we want on Friday which, ironically, is the last day of this DNA nanotube nucleation growth project for a while.  Starting in late June I’ll be working on another project in the same lab, trying to trap influenza viruses on “decoy” cells.  It’s a massive project involving UCSB, MIT, and UMass and I am ridiculously excited!  Hopefully, if we aren’t successful on friday I’ll get a chance to revisit this project later.  If it doesn’t go the way we plan it’s going to bug me till I do get it to work.  Anyways, sophomore year has far exceeded freshman year.  I have been so luck to get to do the work that I do.  I can’t wait for next year when I will be taking genetics, biochemistry, pharmacology, and microbiology. Sounds like a lot, but it’s actually classes in my major (finally) that I really REALLY want to learn, and therefore I won’t mind putting in the work.  Have a good summer. =)

~Alex

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Alex Iteen is a second year student majoring in Biology. He is interested in bioengineering and synthetic biology. He is currently working in Dr. Fygenson's lab on DNA nanotubes.
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