As I grew, I continued to plant, experiment a plethora of different fruits and vegetables, from oranges to Thai chilies with varied success. I researched, experimented different planting methods, nurtured and then repeat successful outcomes and learn from failed ones; I have learnt to apply the same principals in high school; curious by nature, I am keen to learn how to bridge the gap between what is known and yet what is to be discovered particularly in the field of genetics to neurobiology. Similar to a cherry tomato evolving from a tiny seed, the human brain starts from mere cells and grows into an intricate and yet beautifully designed system. The multifaceted debates on nature versus nurture draw me to understand how our medical field can create a fertile growing ground for children through advancements in developmental psychology and neurodevelopment.
Last year, I looked outside the classroom to gain experiential practice in the medical field. I joined the Aspiring Scholars Directed Research Program (ASDRP), a pre-collegiate research program. In the Biochemistry field I have focused my research on a leading theory “the Cholinergic hypothesis” which suggests that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by the breakdown of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved with memory and learning. The goal is to demonstrate that existing FDA approved therapy will be beneficial to Alzheimer’s patients. For the first time ever, I contributed to original research by studying the Nile red Assay and C. elegans and it on N2 Worms to validate the efficacy of the proposed solution.
Asdrp – https://www.asdrp.org/ for more info
I’d like to weave a story on how I sought ASDRP program to further my understanding of Alzheimer’s disease – maybe how I have always sought outside challenges outside the school, etc.
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