As an intern, I had the opportunity to assist in creating prototype concepts and microfluidic devices that will be used in artificial organs such as lungs and ears.
"I'm interested in stem cell research, so last summer I interned at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Regenerative Medicine.
"Stem cells are unspecialized cells capable of regeneration. They have the potential to become tissue or cells with special functions that help damaged organs. As a research intern, I had the opportunity to assist in creating prototype concepts and microfluidic devices that will be used in artificial organs such as lungs and ears.
"I also performed independent research on the development of new manufacturing methods to enable the creation of collagen film-based fluidic networks. I worked with other lab members on various projects, performed assays and shadowed physicians including an OBGYN.
"From this experience, I improved my research and analytical skills, and I learned about current issues that are present in stem cell research. Most of all, I enjoyed doing research with others, and I could see myself potentially doing research in the future."
Breeze is from Brockton, Mass.Posted February 13, 2012
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