Over the past year, I have been conducting research in Dr. Yuan’s laboratory that studies Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). My role was to study the Endothelial to Mesenchymal Transition(EndMT) as this process has been found as a possible source of the development of PAH. I specifically quantified the mRNA and protein expression level of the transcription factor SNAI1 and SNAI2 in both control and Monocrataline induced pulmonary hypertension rat lung tissue.
In Fall 2016, I got an opportunity to present my research at the Advancing Chicanos/ Hispanic and Native American in Science (SACNAS) in Long Beach California on a full funded travel scholarship from the SACNAS committee. It was such as a rewarding and beneficial experience to be in California presenting my data, learning and networking with successful professionals and research experts. I heard different stories from different people on how they fought their way through college and graduate school to achieve their success. What stuck in my mind was that “nothing/no one can hold you back from achieving your goals except yourself”. Through the SACNAS conference I was able to attend different workshop on various topics that satisfied my curiosity. Furthermore, I was amused by the beautiful nature and people in California. It was a really great and unforgettable experience