I am conducting ALS research in the Fei Song/Jeff Loeb lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago this summer. This internship began in late May and will end in late August. For the past two weeks, I have been analyzing microglia and motor neurons in the spinal cords of the SOD1 mouse model.
Some of the different projects I have been working on include staining microglia in the spinal cords of the SOD1 mouse model and analyzing motor neurons in humans with ALS with various disease onsets. I have been practicing various lab techniques (Western blot, cell culture, immunofluorescence, etc.) to help prepare me for my future in scientific research.
I truly enjoy working in this lab. This is my first summer with a new research group at UIC; I am so thankful the transition has been very smooth. My main advisor, Dr. Richard Liu, has been incredibly supportive and encouraging. It makes me confident that I am making the right career choice. It has been fun spending time with the other members of the lab. In fact, we just had a party this past week to celebrate our hard work. So much fun! This has also been my first time working with human samples. Thank you to all the pALS who donated their brains for ALS research.
To learn more about the work we are doing in Dr. Song’s lab, go to http://chicago.medicine.uic.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=506244&pageId=31953722