Peer Review Bio-Blog Post (3rd semester)

Hello! I visited two blogs of my BioMinds partners. I resume their research topics in the following two paragraphs:

Lorena Rios is a senior at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez in the Industrial Biotechnology Program. She spent her first year in BioMinds working with Dr. Gill looking for an optimized method of somatic embryogenesis of sugarcane. They developed an optimized growth medium for the first part of the somatic embryogenesis and observed until the third part (of four), which is the root formation. Lorena plans to continue her studies in plant biotechnology because she believes that agriculture is essential for life. Nevertheless, she’s now going to be working with Dr. Dimuth Siritunga in an experiment which goal is to compare the relationship within different varieties of sweet potato using DNA. This semester Lorena plans to establish tissue culture of different sweet potato varieties by the micropropagation method and develop an effective method of DNA extraction on sweet potato; which is somewhat different than what she did last year but new experiences are always beneficial.

Nicole Del Valle is a junior Biology student in the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey. She’s working with Dr. Chiesa who’s interested in observing the pathway of Neuropeptide-Y in C. elegans. They have proposed a pathway and will use different knockouts to prove it; she will be working with the knockout for the neuropeptide-Y receptor 1. Throughout last year they used different cells form different organisms to validate their pathway. Inmunoblot is a procedure Nicole uses very frequently to determine if her protein of interest (Neuropeptide-Y) is present in the samples and at which ratio with other proteins in the same sample. She had a lot of problems with the protocol for this procedure, so she spent the majority of last year optimizing it. Nevertheless, this semester Nicole and her professor have found ways to optimize and have decided to use other techniques for the expression of certain proteins. For this she seems very enthusiastic, so I hope she can wrap the next year with revealing results.

I think both research are very interesting and have different types of long-term goals. Lorena’s blog is easier to read because she explains her investigation like she was writing to a 13-year-old student. This is particularly good for a blog who is open for public access. On the other hand Nicole wrote like she was writing directly to her peers; which is good, but not in this case. Nevertheless I understood them and congratulate them on having well established goals. I think this is very important when conducting a scientific investigation and in the personal-life decisions.

Published by Priscila Rodriguez Garcia

Priscila is an enthusiastic gamer, scientist, and a very talkative person. She is interested in science communication, yeast genetics, and biomedical research. Priscila is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Molecular Genetics at The Ohio State University. She is also a Cellular, Molecular, and Biochemical Program Trainee and a Yale Ciencia Academy Fellow (class of 2017). She is happy to get in touch with people, so feel free to contact her!

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