General Life Update: Research, Grad School, and More!

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“It’s been a while” would be a massive understatement. Traversing graduate school part-time and research full-time has been a great, overwhelming task. However, it is exciting! I learn something new everyday, whether that is a new experimental method, new oncology concept, or receive new feedback from the post-doctorates I work alongside.

As a graduate student, I have taken a diverse set of classes ranging from Cancer Therapeutics to Data Critique to Biostatistics. I have learned a great deal, specifically on what it means to be a graduate student. The goal for graduate students is to gain the ability of critical thinking. In undergrad, I felt that I spent a lot of time reading and memorizing; however, starting the Master’s program changed my mindset. Instead of writing similar concepts over and over, I started to gain the ability to question data and implement various research methods. This was a skill that took time, as I was unfamiliar with experimental design, but after reading scientific literature over the past 1.5 years, I have gained the confidence to perform my own work.

Cassie, my cute kitty <3

Excitingly, I will be continuing my research this summer as I quantify more data and finalize my thesis. I can’t wait to publish my work through the UC graduate school and diving deeper in HER2+ and triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) research.

In terms of life outside of work and school, I have continued volunteering at a local cat shelter and have adopted a cat! Her name is Cassandra/Cassie and she is the sweetest cat, who also happens to be a fiend for treats (attached is a photo of Cassie). I have had her for a year and a half now. Additionally, I have continued yoga, which I started last year, and have generally met so many new people in Cincy. I am so lucky to live in such an amazing city and have the experiences I have had. I can’t wait to see what’s next and where the next adventure lies. I hope to provide more updates of my work and future plans throughout the next few months!

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