Students in my lab

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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. 

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I believe that learning is never restricted to the classroom or to the laboratory. Interaction with students outside the classroom in a variety of activities is very important. Thus, I try to engage students in activities that go beyond the standard classroom interaction, especially research, mentorship, and social activities. Lab should be fun!
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In addition to our traditional lab work, our students engage in activities that allow them to share their interests and expertise with others.  Since science is a human endeavor, an important part of science is building relationships with others engaging them in the process and excitement of scientific discovery.

You can learn more about the lab students who have come through the lab in the past:

A complete list of students I ever mentored can be found here.

If you are interested in joining the lab, click here.

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