I was assigned to visit three bio-blog mates: Jonathan Marín from UPRM, Nashicel Rodríguez from UPRC and Yohaselly Santiago from UPRM. Reading their posts helped me visualize the program’s scope in terms of scientific advances and student’s development as scientists.

Jonathan’s research is investigating the hemoglobin HbI found in certain clams which live in environments rich in H2S. I will keep in touch with him because I would like to know the importance of that type of hemoglobin.

On the other hand, Nashicel is working with a plant, Agave Americana, which is used in Puerto Rico to make tea for people with diabetes. If this investigation discovers new ways to enhance the plant’s medicinal properties, then hopefully a large group of people with diabetes will be able to consider a new medicine with fewer side effects.

Yohaselly’s research is very important nowadays because it deals with issues that concern our generation. She’s working on the production of biodiesel from microalgae. She explains how she uses Ultrasonic Waves to isolate the microalgae and break its membrane to extract oil and produce biodiesel. I will also keep in touch with her because I would like to understand exactly how biodiesel is produced from oil extracted from the microalgae.

As for my research experience, this first semester I’ve learned the basic techniques in molecular biology and genetics, as well as the basic rules of an investigation laboratory, which are stricter than a class laboratory. I’ve also reinforced abilities in teamwork and self-discipline.

The challenges I faced were necessary and not difficult to overcome, like learning all the steps of the procedures (which have to be done accurately) and develop logical thinking to do things on my own in the laboratory. As for the barriers, they were not in our hands, like the time lost with the strikes and therefore significant lost of coordination.

Nevertheless all these barriers and challenges, we overcame them with dedication, effort and discipline. This was not a normal semester, but we made everything in our hands to complete this semester’s goals. Even though we didn’t achieve all those goals, we spent the time we had completing the majority of them.

For next semester, my goal is to get the investigation on the bacteria, Geobacteraceae, running. At the end, I would like to have indentified the bacteria that live on the surface of the electrode (specifically the anode) and their function in the biofilm.

4 thoughts on “Third Bio-Blog Post

  1. Saludos, creo que posses una investigacion sumamente necesaria en cuanto al ambito medico se refiere. Creo que deberias proporcionar mas info hacerca de tu investigacion:

    Por que los intrones?
    Que candidatos?
    Porque esos candidatos?
    Cuales son los lugares de muestreo?
    etc….

    1. Greetings, I’m sorry to say (as I mentioned in “Second Bio-Blog Post”) that I’m no longer assigned to colaborate on that investigation. I was at the beginning performing the basic techniques as a way of practicing.

  2. Excellent, Priscila. Clearly you’ve had a great experience in research this semester. I hope you’ll be able to use your newly gained knowledge next semester to progress in your project.

    L. Saliceti

  3. Concuerdo en que ha sido un semstre cuesta arriba pero la clidad udedicacion de todos ustedes hacen que los obstaculos no sean un impedimento en lograr las metas trazadas. Feliz Navidad y exito en finales!

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