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During the summer of 2019, I interned for 10 weeks at the UNMC Neuroscience and Experimental Research Lab. I was in Dr. Shilpa Buch's lab, which focuses on the neurological implications of drug addiction. My project was focused on the impact of morphine on amyloidgenesis, which is essentially connecting the use of morphine to the development of Alzheimer's Disease. I worked with human primary astrocyte cells in cell culture, performed Western Blot, Real-Time PCR, Immunocytochemistry, and Transfection for Gene Silencing. 

My work culminated in an oral research presentation as well as a poster symposium alongside the Summer Undergraduate Research Program. 

The Travis B. Lewis Scholarship selects 4-5 students from all of Nebraska to take part in this summer program. This experience was extremely rewarding for me because I was able to research alongside post-docs to investigate the opioid epidemic and its effects on the brain. I am unable to publish my actual research here because the experiment is ongoing and is still UNMC's intellectual property. I will be continuing my summer research by working in the lab on the weekends and during my school breaks!

Scroll through the article to read more about the Travis B. Lewis Scholarship.

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