Students in my lab
I am deeply committed to supporting undergraduate research efforts in my laboratory. I strongly encourage my students to develop their own research problems, approaches and expertise.
Research at the undergraduate level allows our undergraduate students to take a critical step at a point when they are learning and mastering the fundamentals of a specific discipline. It encourages them to apply their knowledge and to think beyond their normal intellectual scope. More importantly, it transforms them from “students” into “scholars".
The long term goal is to give students the tools to be scientists and thinkers in whatever field they choose. In a day and age where facts and truth are under constant scrutiny, it is important for students to apply critical and objective thinking not just to their careers but to every aspect of their lives. Thus, students are often engaged in their own research pursuits, design their own research projects (see examples on oxidative stress or neuroblastoma research), and co-author primary literature manuscripts or present their work at international conferences.