Undergrad Student Partakes in Research Opportunity

This summer, Aneysis Gonzalez was one of only two Florida students selected to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s (HHMI) Exceptional Research Opportunities Programs (EXROP).

Encouraged by her mentors Laird Kramer, director of FIU’s STEM Transformation Institute and Ophelia Weeks, director of the Quantifying Biology in the Classroom program at FIU, Gonzalez spent the summer at Stanford University’s School of Medicine in California working in the Thomas Südof Laboratory.

“I worked approximately 50-60 hours a week, not because I was forced to, expected to or even asked to but simply because science doesn’t really have a specific stop point,” Gonzalez said. “However, I learned from this experience that no matter how lonely the laboratory got or how late in the day I was up finishing my experiments, I was always very content to be there.”

While at Stanford, Gonzalez worked on three different genotyping techniques used to validate that the mouse strain produced was, in fact, a mutated mouse species that could then be used for further experiments related to the function of certain proteins in the brain related to Autism and Parkinson’s disease. She presented her findings to peers and other scientists in a poster session at HHMI headquarters.

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