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The Start of a New Quarter

Winter break was such a blessing. After a hectic schedule, demanding courses, and research last quarter, it was a much needed escape from stress. It had been about a year and a half since I spent more than one consecutive night

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Optical Properties of Cephalopod Skin

As my first post on this blog, I want to give some background into what I’m researching here at UCSB. The title of my project is a bit of a mouthful: “Optical Properties of Cephalopod Skin.” But what is a

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One Year Later

So it’s been a year since I started working on Polycystic Kidney Disease in Weimbs lab . When I first started, I had no idea what I was doing. I had never performed biological research techniques such as mutagenic PCR,

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Membrane Formation with Microfluidics

The school year is over! It’s amazing to think that I’m half way done with college; time passes by so quickly. This summer I will continue my research with my new mentor with the UC LEADS program. Our project is

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

Time for summer research

A whole weekend of summer vacation? Sweet!…. Seriously though, I already start work tomorrow? I feel like I just got out of my last final. My summer research project is in a chemistry lab at Caltech. The project is to

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA


Another school year has culminated, and the core of my upper division biochemistry major course have been completed.  Some of the classes I took were way more rigorous than I ever expected (Even though I had been warned about the

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA

Hectic Spring

Finally I am sitting down to write about my research work this quarter.  Unfortunately I was unexposed to the rays of sunshine in Santa Barbara this spring because all of my time was consumed by studying, research projects, and organizational

Posted in 2010-2011, EUREKA
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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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David Wallace is a third year student majoring in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. He is currently working in Professor Weimbs's lab studying the pathogenic mechanisms of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD).
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Eneida Chesnut is a senior majoring in chemical engineering. She transferred from SBCC, where she studied chemistry. She works with organic materials for solar cells and is very interested in renewable energy research.
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Erzsebet is a second year chemical engineering major. She is interested in biotechnology and biophysics, and is working in Professor David Awschalom's lab investigating how cephalopod skin responds to different types of stimulation by light.
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