Furthering Progress


Zebrafish Microinjection Setup

This summer I was fortunate enough to work in the Shah lab in Hematology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The hospitals and research buildings are some of the best in the world and contain the premiere minds in the medical field. This internship has shown me that medical research is a field that requires a great deal of stamina and constant curiosity. It requires passion and an immense amount of perseverance. I was able to attend a talk from one of the leading scientists in zebrafish research whose lab solved a genetic mystery that has alluded the field for 25 years.

The Shah lab investigates hematopoietic stem cells that emerge from blood vessels and the factors regulating this process. This research was very much in line with my aspirations of bettering those around me. There is a critical need to find a method to generate hematopoietic stem cells from patient-derived tissues due to the difficulty in finding HLA-matched donors and immunological complications if a match is found. The thought of helping millions of people with my finding pushes me to get out of bed everyday and try to find answers to the scientific problems we are faced with. I want to continue this quest for answers with profession as I hope to pursue an MD/PhD program. This option allows me to fulfill my passion for medicine as I can work interacting with and treating my patients while researching to hopefully help millions more people.

My internship this summer has been an invaluable experience to propel me toward my goals as a research physician. It was exciting to work with some of the most brilliant minds in the scientific community. This experience has provided me with a glimpse of a career that would be both fun and rewarding.

Written by Caitlyn Curley, BC Class of 2017



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